• "Rhymes So Good the Likes of Which Have Not Been Seen in all the Land of Spain": Meir of Norwich and Friendship Poetry

    Author(s):
    Shamma Boyarin (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Medieval Studies
    Subject(s):
    Medieval Jewish studies, English literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Meir of Norwich, Anglo-Jewish literature, friendship poems, Spanish Jews
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/skf5-vy37
    Abstract:
    This short essay explores Susan Einbinder’s observation that the poetics of the medieval Anglo-Jewish poet Meir of Norwich show a unique mix of borrowing from the poetic schools of both Ashkenaz and Sepharad. Boyarin argues that Meir was discursively creating a school of Anglo-Hebrew poetics, one that he imagined drew from both of these established schools. Focused on two linked poems dedicated to an anonymous benefactor, this essay shows how Meir used a specific genre of poetry—the friendship poem—that was at the heart of the medieval Hispano-Hebrew poetic school and argues that Meir was constructing a (perhaps aspirational) English parallel.
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