The poems in this book are presented in the original Hebrew and English translation
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While my favorite poem, per se, is written by e. e. Cummings, this is by far my favorite poet and book of poetry. EXCELLENT!
A real gift.
Yehuda Amichai is one of the great modern Hebrew poets. He comes from a religious background and so has within him much of the traditional religious vocabulary. He was born in Germany but came to Israel as a young person and grew up in Israel. He also participated in the Israeli War of Independence. Some of his most powerful poems are reflections on his war experience. Amichai read American poetry extensively and was one of those along with T.Carmi who brought a more idiomatic, colloquial Hebrew to his writing. He is in some sense the 'national poet' of Israel in the second decade of the twentieth century. He is very widely read and his poetry is taught in the schools. He had a good knowledge of English and helped in the translation of his poetry. He writes frequently of Love. His perspective is often complex and ironic and his poems reflect his great intelligence and perception. They are not 'academic poems' and not poems which are too difficult and obscure for the...
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