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The Poetry of Kabbalah

Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition

Peter Cole Aminadav Dykman Aminadav Dykman



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Yale University
15 June 2014
The first ever English-language collection of poetry from the Kabbalistic tradition, masterfully translated by MacArthur-winning poet Peter Cole This groundbreaking collection presents for the first time in English a substantial body of poetry that emerges directly from the sublime and often startling world of Jewish mysticism. Taking up Gershom Scholem's call to plumb the tremendous poetic potential concealed in the Kabbalistic tradition, Peter Cole provides dazzling renderings of work composed on three continents over a period of some fifteen hundred years.

In addition to the translations and the texts in their original languages, Cole supplies a lively and insightful introduction, along with accessible commentaries to the poems. Aminadav Dykman adds an elegant afterword that places the work in the context of world literature. As a whole, the collection brings readers into the fascinating force field of Kabbalistic verse, where the building blocks of both language and existence itself are unveiled.

Excerpts from The Poetry of Kabbalah have been featured in the Paris Review, Poetry, and Conjunctions.

Studded with insight, and written with great verve, this book will become a classic. -Lawrence Fine, author of Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos
Afterword by:   Aminadav Dykman, Aminadav Dykman
Edited by:   Peter Cole
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 191mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   502g
ISBN:   9780300205695
ISBN 10:   0300205694
Series:   World Republic of Letters (Yale)
Pages:   544
Publication Date:   15 June 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Cole is the author of three books of poems and the translator of more than a dozen volumes from Hebrew and Arabic. His many honours include the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry and the PEN Translation Award for Poetry. In 2007 he was named a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2010 he received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He divides his time between New Haven and Jerusalem. Aminadav Dykman teaches comparative literature at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He has published numerous translations of French, Russian, English, Greek, Latin, and Italian poems into Hebrew.

Reviews for The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition

'I've been reading and rereading... The Poetry of Kabbalah, an anthology of Jewish mystical verse translated by Peter Cole. This is ambitious poetry. It combines liturgical solemnity with outrageous flights of metaphor, and Cole's versions match the originals step for step.' (Robyn Creswell, Paris Review Staff Picks) 'A veritable banquet of poetry that gives resonant voice to the depths of religious longing and passionate devotion... With its combination of poetic beauty, learned commentary and short introductory essays, The Poetry of Kabbalah offers the reader a substantial survey of Jewish mystical history and thought through the channel of richly textured lyric voices.' (Eitan Fishbane, The Forward)

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