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Hebrew Poems from Spain$
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David Goldstein

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113669

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113669.001.0001

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Isaac Ibn Kalpon

Isaac Ibn Kalpon

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(p.27) Isaac Ibn Kalpon
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Hebrew Poems from Spain
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David Goldstein

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781904113669.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the poetry of Isaac Ibn Kalpon. Isaac came from a North African Jewish family and was born in the middle of the tenth century. He lived a while in Cordoba and spent a great deal of his life wandering from one city to another. His poems are full of complaints against his patrons and contemporaries. However, he had a firm friend in his considerably younger contemporary, Samuel ha-Nagid. The chapter then presents Isaac’s poem A Present of Cheese. The poem talks about a ‘dearest friend’ who gifted the poet ‘a portion of cheese’ At the end, the poet asks ‘And what’s the good of cheese, when I am dry with thirst?’ Isaac died some time after 1020.

Keywords:   Isaac Ibn Kalpon, Samuel ha-Nagid, A Present of Cheese, Jewish poet, Jewish poetry

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