Selected Religious Poems of Solomon Ibn...

Solomon Ibn Gabirol was not only a great poet, but also a great philosopher. His vision was broad and his penetration keen. This volume of translations from this rare singer of the Ghetto limits itself to such of his poems as have been incorporated in or designed for the liturgy of the Synagogue.

INTRODUCTION xv coloring of the sunset, the rumbling of the thun-der, the perfume of the woods, are all reflected, echoed or exhaled by it. Of no less importance to the poet are his social surroundings. En-couragement is the breath of his nostrils; dis-paragement, the blasting wind that withers. In an atmosphere of warm sympathy his genius will put forth the finest fruit of his imagination. In an environment of cold criticism his soul will shrink and shrivel up. With these reflections in view, the personali-ty of Solomon ibn Gabirol becomes doubly interesting. For he was not only a great poet but also a great philosopher. His vision was broad and his penetration keen. He saw further than the ordinary poet and felt deeper than the ordi-nary philosopher. He even cultivated science in his effort to grapple with the riddle of existence. His genius flourished in an atmosphere of ex-ceptional instability— now warm, now cold; now hostile, now cordial; and this constant change in the condition of his environment is not without its corresponding change in the temper of his po-ems. To obtain an adequately complete view of the life of this poet- philosopher it would have been well to step out of the present and, leaping over centuries and bounding over continents, trans-   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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