Grand Things to Write a Poem On: A Verse Autobiography of Shmuel Hanagid

Grand Things to Write a Poem On: A Verse Autobiography of Shmuel Hanagid

by Hillel Halkin
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Shmuel Hanagid, poet, rabbi, Talmudic scholar, statesman, general and bon vivant was born in Cordoba, Spain, in 993 C.E. Settling in the city-state of Granada, he rose through its court life to become Grand Vizier and chief military commander. For years he led Granada's army into the field against its foes.


Hanagid was the first major medieval Hebrew poet

See more details below

Overview

Shmuel Hanagid, poet, rabbi, Talmudic scholar, statesman, general and bon vivant was born in Cordoba, Spain, in 993 C.E. Settling in the city-state of Granada, he rose through its court life to become Grand Vizier and chief military commander. For years he led Granada's army into the field against its foes.


Hanagid was the first major medieval Hebrew poet and the first to write on secular as well as religious themes. Often autobiographical, his poems are about such subjects as God, nature, friendship, love (of both sexes), wine, war, death, and the pains of growing old. Across a thousand years, subtle but passionately bold, they retain the capacity to startle and delight.


In this bilingual collection, Hillel Halkin, a leading contemporary translator, has chosen approximately 70 of Hanagid's best poems that tell the story of his life. Grand Things To Write A Poem On is a unique self-portrait in verse of a remarkable Jewish personality.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789652295033
Publisher:
Gefen Publishing House
Publication date:
12/01/1999
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
10 MB

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >