The poetry of sefarad: Secular and liturgical hebrew verse in medieval iberia

Yehoshua Granat*

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This chapter discusses the legacy of the Golden Age of Hebrew poetry that took place in medieval Iberia during the Andalusi period. It characterizes the unique qualities that differentiate this epoch from other periods in the history of Hebrew verse and examines the the emergence of a new brand of Hebrew secular verse in Jewish Andalusi courtly circles as well as transformative developments in the ancient tradition of Hebrew liturgical poetry (Piyyut) written by Jewish Andalusi poets of the time. The discussion is based on close readings of selected representative passages.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationJewish Literatures in Spanish and Portuguese
Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Handbook
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783110563795
ISBN (Print)9783110531060
StatePublished - 24 Oct 2022

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  • Al-Andalus
  • Hebrew poetry
  • Piyyut (Hebrew liturgical verse)
  • Scripture in poetry
  • Secular poetry
  • Sefarad


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