Israeli Poetry of the Holocaust

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This book is the first in English to address contemporary Israeli poetry of the Holocaust. The unique character of the book consists in its capacity to approach simultaneously the fervent feelings and scalding, emotional scars associated with the Holocaust and the aesthetic 'infrastructure' that is inlaid and operates in the very depth of the poems under consideration. In this respect, the book functions on two simultaneous levels:it views the emotional strata engaged with the Holocaust while analyzing its ...

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Overview

This book is the first in English to address contemporary Israeli poetry of the Holocaust. The unique character of the book consists in its capacity to approach simultaneously the fervent feelings and scalding, emotional scars associated with the Holocaust and the aesthetic 'infrastructure' that is inlaid and operates in the very depth of the poems under consideration. In this respect, the book functions on two simultaneous levels:it views the emotional strata engaged with the Holocaust while analyzing its literary mechanism from an artistic perspective. The book also turns to the congruence between the very collective nature of contemporary Israeli poetry and the capacity to cope with the Holocaus while enlisting literary means. Hence contemporary Israeli poetry tends to display a poetic might while being also emotionally oriented. Memory of the Holocaust should never be dimmed by passing years nor by the fact that the last survivors are saying farewell to all earthly things. There are numerous ways to commemorate the Holocaust. This book introduces a very effective way to do so. One may wonder about combining the Holocaust with art. That doubt, however, is proven wrong by this book. Accordingly, it deftly illustrates how an artistic text can deliver the most scorching emotions of the Holocaust. This aesthetic dexterity does not cloud the Holocaust but rather introduces it in the most artistically challenging fashion. The fact that the Holocaust poetry discussed here is also Israeli poetry makes the book even more important and relevant. One may cogently argue that the sate of Israel was established on the ashes of the Holocaust. If so, the fact that contemporary Israeli poetry is dedicated to the topic of the Holocaust celebrates the victory of humankind over Nazi atrocities. This book should be of interest to students, teachers and scholars of the Holocaust, modern Hebrew/Israeli poetry, and literature in general.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611473643
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Yair Mazor is professor of Hebrew Literature with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Table of Contents

1 No Vindication to Venomous Verdict: The Poem "Mr. Auschwitz" by Ronny Someck 35

2 Come Down, Deadly Night, and End Our Hounding, Haunting Torment: The Poems "Don't Be Afraid, My Child" and "At the Attic" by David Fogel 58

3 Buona Notte, Our Mute Lord, Never Arrivederci Your Murdered Nation: The Poem "The Synagogue in Florence" by Yehuda Amichai 79

4 The Scalding Scream of the Mute Letter: The Poem "A Letter" by Dan Pagis 91

5 My Tailor, My Tailor, Why Had They Forsaken You?: The Poem "Against Separation" by Nathan Zach 99

6 Portrait of Memory as a Piercing Spear: The Poem "In Memory of Dan Pagis" by T. Carmi 112

7 The Tractors That Till the Soil of the Holocaust: The Poem "Tractors" by Ronny Someck 125

8 A Train Trip To Satan's Territory: The Poem "My Son, My Son, My Head, My Head" by Yehuda Amichai 138

9 The Doomed Ugly Duckling Will Never Turn Into a Swan: The Poem "Dad and Mom Went to See a Movie" by Meir Vizeltir 152

10 Indifferent Forefathers Turn Mute: The Poem "My Dead Forefathers" by Rivka Miriam 163

11 Deadly Dreams: The Poem "A Wire Ladder, Deserted by a Wing" by Esther Etinger 178

12 Do Not Tell Me Lineage: The Poem "Lineage" by Dan Pagis 184

13 Names Cry in the Dark: The Poem "Names" by Hamutal Bar-Yosef 198

14 Black and Bleak Is the Lustrous Snow: The Poem "Little Kathy" by Hayyim Gouri 202

15 Portrait of an Airport as a Bloodthirsty Death Camp: The Poem "Little Ruth" by Yehuda Amichai 210

Notes 220

Bibliography 222

Index of Literary and Critical Works 226

Index of Authors and Critics 228

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