Great Tranquillity: Questions and Answers / Edition 1

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Poetry. "Yehuda Amichai begins to look more and more like a truly major poet - in the strict sense of the term. That is, there's a depth, breadth and weighty momentum in these subtle and intricate poems of his, even in the slightest, that sounds more and more like the undersong of a people. Who else is dipping his bucket into such a full river of experience and paid-for feelings?"—Ted Hughes.

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Stephen Berg
"Amichai has entered that small, accidental, permanent company of poets - Hikmet, Milosz, Vallejo - who speak for each of us and all of us by redefining our nobility, by speaking to us in his voice of many selves"
Stephen Berg
"Amichai has entered that small, accidental, permanent company of poets - Hikmet, Milosz, Vallejo - who speak for each of us and all of us by redefining our nobility, by speaking to us in his voice of many selves"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878818683
  • Publisher: Sheep Meadow Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Edition description: Trans. from the Hebrew
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 86
  • Sales rank: 1,510,707
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (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

Since then 1
An Arab shepherd is seeking a kid on Mount Zion 3
Lying in wait for happiness 4
In the Old City 5
The eternal mystery 6
A meeting with my father 7
You can rely on him 8
In the mountains of Jerusalem 9
The narrow valley 11
A meeting of veterans of the Palmach in 1978 in Maayan Harod 12
Air hostess 14
Two fragments of the population explosion 15
All these make a strange dance rhythm 16
A child is something else 17
An appendix to the vision of peace 18
Things that have been lost 19
Flowers in a room 20
People in the dark always see 21
The rustle of history's wings, as they said then 22
The Sufla spring in the mountains of Judea 23
A tourist 24
An iron gate melts into everything 25
There are candles that remember 26
On the day my daughter was born no one died 27
Come with me on my last road 28
Return from Ein Gedi 29
Again love has ended 30
I dreamed a dream 31
I sleep tonight to your memory 32
In the middle of summer suddenly a smell of rain 33
A wedding song 34
An eternal window 35
Jerusalem is full of used Jews 36
For ever and ever, sweet distortions 37
Into an excavation 38
Song of love and pain 39
Dennis is leaving to bury his father 40
The parents left the child 41
Eyes 42
Spring song 43
A gymnastics teacher from Petah Tikva 44
I came back once more 45
An attempt to hold back history 46
Sabbath lie 47
Instead of a love poem 48
Like a ship's captain 49
Beautiful are the families in Jerusalem 50
The child is sick 51
In the morning it was still night 52
In summer by the sea 53
A young girl in the Negev 54
Jerusalem ecology 55
The heavens are the Lord's heavens 56
A memory of Abu Tor 57
Tourists 58
The windmill in Yemin Moshe 59
The girl who worked at my bank has left 60
The creaking door 61
You mustn't show weakness 62
Relativity 63
We traveled unto a sleep far from us 64
Straight from your prejudice 65
You never grow up 66
Two girls live in an old house 67
When I have a stomachache 68
I feel good in my trousers 69
End of summer in the mountains of Judea 70
Glass and memory 71
I don't know if history repeats itself 72
A young girl goes out in the morning, like a knight 73
Closed are the doors 74
The playground 75
A second meeting with my father 76
To forget someone 77
Great tranquillity: questions and answers 78
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2000

    Perfect Poetry

    This book is one of my most prized possessions. It is true artistry how Amichai's simple, uncomlicated writing can touch your soul with such a forceful and profound impact. This collection speaks to everyone, regardless of age or background, because it's about being human in a complicated world. Compared to other volumes, the best translation of his work. A definite must-have for any poetry fan!

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