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The Selected Poetry Of Yehuda Amichai

The Selected Poetry Of Yehuda Amichai

With a New Foreword by C. K. Williams
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition: 1
Pages: 224
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    The Selected Poetry Of Yehuda Amichai
    Book Description:

    Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) was Israel's most popular poet, as well as a literary figure of international reputation. In this collection, renowned translators Chana Bloch and Stephen Mitchell have selected Amichai's most beloved poems, including forty poems from his later work. A new foreword by C.K. Williams, written especially for this edition, addresses Amichai’s enduring legacy and sets his poetry in the context of the new millennium.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-95444-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-x)
  3. Foreword to the 2013 Edition
    (pp. xi-xiv)
    C. K. Williams

    Good, better, best; great, greater, greatest: the ranking of poets is a notoriously dubious activity, because no matter how laudatory or derogatory a judgment might be, it can be accused of ultimately being subjective. Yet there are certain poets who rise out of all this into a category of their own, whose work generates a new aesthetic identity and a new imaginative voice for their nation, and who incorporate in their poems so many of that country’s passions, tragedies, terrors, triumphs, and affections that its culture becomes more substantial, morerealto their readers.

    Yehuda Amichai is one of this...

  4. Foreword 1996
    (pp. xv-xx)
    Chana Bloch

    A friend of mine tells a story about some Israeli students who were called up in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. As soon as they were notified, they went back to their rooms at the University, and each packed his gear, a rifle, and a book of Yehuda Amichai’s poems. It is a little hard to envision this scene: these days we don’t think of soldiers as resorting to poetry under fire, and Amichai’s poetry is not standard government issue. It isn’t patriotic in the ordinary sense of the word, it doesn’t cry death to the enemy, and it offers...



  7. Notes
    (pp. 185-190)
  8. Acknowledgments
    (pp. 191-192)
  9. Index of Titles
    (pp. 193-196)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 197-197)