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Poems from the Diwan

Yehuda Halevi

Translated by Gabriel Levin

Series: Poetica
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Available as:
Paperback (176 pages)
(Pub. Apr 2002)
9780856463334
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  • Yehuda Halevi, who wrote both secular and devotional poems, is considered one of the finest poets in post-biblical Hebrew literature. Suffused with warmth, moving easily between the mundane and the otherworldly, and, above all, delicately elegiac, the poet’s voice cuts across all the literary genres and religious modes on which he drew.

    Yehuda Halevi
    Yehuda Halevi was born in the second half of the 11th century. In his youth he wandered between Muslim and Christian Spain before settling in Córdoba around 1110. Towards the end of his life, to the amazement and consternation of his friends and admirers, he set out on a pilgrimage to ... read more
    Gabriel Levin
    Gabriel Levin was born in France and grew up in the United States and Israel. Errant is his sixth collection of poetry. He has translated from the Hebrew, Arabic, and French and has published a collection of essays, The Dune’s Twisted Edge: Travels in the Levant . He lives in Jerusalem. ... read more
    Praise for Gabriel Levin  'This is an exquisite book. It is not often that one journeys through poetic lands with such breathless anticipation as I have done through The Maltese Dreambook...like all good poetry, his verses are multi-layered and demanding...Coleridge believed that language is the vehicle through which divinity passes into humanity and that poets are the true guardians of it. In Levin one could not wish for a more passionate and imaginative guardian.'

    Sonja Besford, Ambit

    'The poems are richly layered, musical explorations of the act of translation, from experience into art, and from the ancient world into the present...Given the realized ambition, technical achievement and stunning visual quality of this collection, Levin, for the foreseeable future at least, seems similarly set to stay.'

    Sinead Morrisey, PN Review March-April, 2000

      'Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, the poet Gabriel Levin has written another erudite, modernist and intellectually stimulating volume, Errant.'

    Peter Lawson, The Jewish Chronicle

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