The Early Books of Yehuda Amichai


The Early Books of Yehuda Amichai collects for the first time in a single volume the three works -- Songs of Jerusalem and Myself, Poems and Time -- that established Amichai as Israel's greatest contemporary poet and one of the major poets of our time.
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The Early Books of Yehuda Amichai collects for the first time in a single volume the three works -- Songs of Jerusalem and Myself, Poems and Time -- that established Amichai as Israel's greatest contemporary poet and one of the major poets of our time.
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Editorial Reviews

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He is one of our great poets ... Once one has heard his quiet, even tones, precise, distanced and passionate, one can never forget them.—The Times Literary Supplement
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This English translation of the popular Israeli poet's early work serves as a fine introduction to his oeuvre. Amichai's first volumes, published in the 1950s, influenced a generation of poetsparticularly in the contrasts that he created between the modern Hebrew of daily speech and the classical Hebrew of the holy texts: "To speak, now, in this tired language / torn from its sleep in the Bible / blinded, it lurches from mouth to mouth / the language which described God and the Miracles, / says: / motor car, bomb, God.'' Amichai keenly evinces the poet's function as observer and social critic: "Out of three or four in a room / one is always standing at the window. / Forced to see the injustice among the thorns, / the fires on the hill.'' The life of the poet's father and the bitter experiences of war are coupled in a chronicling of the ironies of the Israeli experience. "My Father Fought Their War for Four Years'' addresses the fact that although Israel was envisioned as a haven for the Jews, its people are often embattled. And in the long cycle of love verses, "Achziv Poems,'' Amichai characteristically weds the sacred and the sexual. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935296754
  • Publisher: Sheep Meadow Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/1988
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 1,042,992
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

YEHUDA AMICHAI was born in Wurzburg, Germany, in 1924 and emigrated with his family to Palestine in 1936. Amichai published eleven volumes of poetry in Hebrew, two novels, and a book of short stories. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. In 1982, Amichai received the Israel Prize for Poetry, and he became a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986. He lived in Jerusalem until his death on September 25, 2000.

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Table of Contents

King Saul and I
Ibn Gabirol
The Place Where I Have Not Been
Out of Three or Four in a Room
If With a Bitter Mouth
In My Time, in Your Place
In My Worst Dreams
Farewell, You
A Pity. We Were Such a Good Invention
It Was Summer, or the End of Summer
Two Songs on Caesarea Beach
Like Our Bodies' Imprint
God Has Pity on Kindergarten Children
Two Quatrains
Eye Examination
In the Middle of This Century
Poem in an Orange Grove
I Was the Moon
As for the World
She Knows
God's Fate
My Mother Once Told Me
My Parents' Migration
To Summon Witnesses
The End of Elul
Quick and Bitter
Two Songs of Peace
My Child
Song of Resignation
To My Mother
My Father Fought Their War for Four Years
The United Nations' Command in Jerusalem
You Also Were So Tired
Two Bedouin Songs
Indian Summer in Princeton
The Heart Is a Corrupt Dictator
National Thoughts
If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem
Rain on a Battlefield
The First Battles
High-Heeled Shoes
They Call Me
It's a Long Time Since Anybody's Asked

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