An Anthology of Modern Yiddish Poetry: Bilingual Edition

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Originally published in 1966, An Anthology of Modern Yiddish Poetry was the first bilingual anthology to feature the rich, spirited, and passionate Yiddish poetry of the twentieth century. Nearly thirty years after the original publication, the interest in Yiddish studies continues to grow, making this definitive collection all the more Significant as a study of influences and developments in Yiddish poetry.

Ruth Whitman has skillfully translated the diverse, lyric poetry of ...

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Originally published in 1966, An Anthology of Modern Yiddish Poetry was the first bilingual anthology to feature the rich, spirited, and passionate Yiddish poetry of the 20th ... century. Ruth Whitman has skillfully translated the diverse, lyric poetry of fourteen Eastern European-born poets, most of whom came to live in the United States. Of the twenty new poems include din this book, two are by Rachel Korn, three by Kadya Molodowsky, four by Anna Margolin, and four by Celia Dropkin. The anthology also highlights the genius and invention of poets Jacob Glatstein, M.L. Halpern, Moyshe Kulbak, Zisha Landau, H. Leivick, Itzik Manger, Leyb Naydus, Melech Ravitch, Abraham Sutzkever, and Aaron Zeitlin. With a new preface and a revised introduction that provides a short history of the development of Yiddish poetry, the third edition presents seventy-two poems in their original Yiddish and in English translation. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Originally published in 1966, An Anthology of Modern Yiddish Poetry was the first bilingual anthology to feature the rich, spirited, and passionate Yiddish poetry of the twentieth century. Nearly thirty years after the original publication, the interest in Yiddish studies continues to grow, making this definitive collection all the more Significant as a study of influences and developments in Yiddish poetry.

Ruth Whitman has skillfully translated the diverse, lyric poetry of fourteen Eastern European-born poets, most of whom came to live in the United States. Of the twenty new poems included in the book, two are by Rachel Korn, three by Kadya Molodowsky, four by Anna Margolin, and four by Celia Dropkin. These additions increase considerably the work of the women poets represented, fulfilling an earlier omission. The anthology also highlights the genius and invention of poets Jacob Glatstein, M.L. Halpern, Moyshe Kulbak, Zisha Landau, H. Leivick, Itzik Manger, Leyb Naydus, Melech Ravitch, Abraham Sutzkever, and Aaron Zeitlin.

With a new preface and a revised introduction that provides a short history of the development of Yiddish poetry, the third edition presents seventy-two poems in their original Yiddish and in English translation.These poems reflect the chaos and confusion integral to immigrant culture and the fragmentation of living during two world wars and the Holocaust. In addition the poems reflect the influences of American poetry from the Imagists to Robert Lowell, as well as the influence of German, French, and Russian poetry.

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This anthology was originally published in 1966, the first bilingual anthology to feature Yiddish poetry of this century. This current edition contains twenty new poems, including a number by notable women poets. The poems, including selections by Jacob Glatstein, Abraham Sutzkever, and anna Margolin, reflect a variety of influences which these twentieth century Jewish thinkers mediated in their daily and intellectual lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814325339
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: REVISED & ENLARGED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 213
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Whitman is a lecturer at the Radcliffe College Seminars. She is the author of eight books of her own poetry, including Hatshepsut, Speak to Me, Laughing Gas: Poems New and Selected 1963-1990, and The Testing of Hanna Senesh. Her awards and honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Bunting Institute Fellowship, and a Writer-in-Residence Fellowship to Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has received the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Kovner Book Award from the Jewish Book Council of America, the Nathan Chanin Award for Translation, as well as grants from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and three residencies at Mishkenot Sh'ananim in Jerusalem, in addition to residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo She was invited to Israel in 1974 as a guest of the Israeli government.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition 11
Acknowledgments 13
A Note to the Second Edition 15
Translator's Note 17
Introduction 19
The Circus Lady 29
My Hands 31
Adam 33
A Terror Was Rising in My Heart 35
Good Night, World 37
My Brother Refugee 41
Mozart 45
Nightsongs 47
I'll Find My Self-Belief 51
The Poet Lives 55
Loyal Sins 57
In a Ghetto 59
Like Weary Trees 63
The Joy of the Yiddish Word 67
Just Because 69
Go Throw Them Out 71
Memento Mori 73
I'm Soaked Through with You 75
A Letter 77
Longing 79
My Body 81
Sometimes I Want to Go Up 83
A New Dress 87
On the Other Side of the Poem 89
Everything Forlorn 91
I Just Walk Around, Around, Around 93
Spring 95
Summer 97
Two 99
Parts 101
I Have a Big Favor to Ask You, Brothers 103
Tuesday 105
Of Course I Know 107
The Little Pig 109
How Did He Get Here? 111
Two Times Two Is Four 113
Through the Whole Long Night 115
Alone 117
Autumn 121
Abishag Writes a Letter Home 125
Rachel Goes to the Well for Water 129
I Once Was a Youth 133
Years 135
Unhurried and Radiant 137
Ancient Murderess Night 139
Epitaph 141
A Woman Speaks 143
from Women's Songs 145
Night Visitors 147
The Mother 151
In Life's Stable 153
White Night 155
In an Alien Place 159
I Often Want to Let My Lines Go 161
Twelve Lines About the Burning Bush 163
A Poem - Good or Bad - A Thing - With One Attribute - Flat 165
On My Wandering Flute 169
Song for a Dance 171
The Banks of a River 173
Landscape 175
Songs to a Lady Moonwalker 177
How 181
Song of Praise for an Ox 183
Poetry 185
Under the Earth 187
The Fiddle Rose 189
Fingertips 191
My Sister Ethel 195
Prayer for a Sick Friend 199
A Dream About an Aged Humorist 201
The Empty Apartment 203
Text 207
Texts Used 209
Notes on the Poets 211
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