Mine Is the Golden Tongue: The Hebrew Sonnets of Immanuel of Rome
Where: New York Public Library—Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library
476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance)
212-340-0863 Price: Free
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The voice of Immanuel of Rome, a Jewish Italian poet and a near contemporary of Dante, reappears after 700 years in a staged reading of his sonnets by acclaimed actor Ronald Guttman with literary scholar Fabrizio Lelli. The occasion is the publication of Immanuel’s Hebrew sonnets translated into English by Yehudah Cohn (CPL Editions, 2023).
In his most renowned book Machbaroth (tales), a life reflection written in Hebrew culminating with a journey to Hell and Paradise, Immanuel combines the Arabic genre of the maqāma with the sonnet that—from Giacomo da Lentini and Dante and later Shakespeare—became one of the most beloved poetic forms in Western culture.
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