The Selected Poetry Of Dan Pagis

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Dan Pagis (1930-1986) spent three of his adolescent years in a Nazi camp before arriving in Palestine in 1946. He became one of the most vibrant voices in modern Israeli poetry and is considered a major world poet of his generation.

A master scholar of Hebrew literature, Pagis drew fully on classical texts and infused his poetry with a centuries-old mysticism. Yet he also brought an immediacy and colloquialism to Hebrew poetry.
In these superbly translated poems, Dan Pagis's voice can be heard celebrating the human spirit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520205390
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Series: Literature of the Middle East Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Mitchell's numerous translations include The Book of Job, A Book of Psalms, and Genesis. Robert Alter is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of The Art of Biblical Narrative (1987).

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Table of Contents

Autobiography 5
Brothers 7
The Souvenir 9
Ein Leben 10
Homily 11
Siege 12
The Last Ones 19
In the Laboratory 20
The Readiness 21
The Caveman Is Not about to Talk 22
A Lesson in Observation 23
Spaceship 24
Final Examination 25
Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway-Car 29
An Opening to Satan 30
Europe, Late 31
The Roll Call 32
Testimony 33
Instructions for Crossing the Border 34
Draft of a Reparations Agreement 35
Footprints 36
The Tortoise 45
A Modest Sum 46
Snake 47
Tidings 48
Bestiary 49
Writers 52
Tropical Greenhouse 54
Information 55
Real-Life Story 56
Twelve Faces of the Emerald 58
A Moment at the Louvre 63
Lament for a Master of Style 64
Encounters 65
Fragments of an Elegy 66
Twenty Years in the Valley 67
Jason's Grave in Jerusalem 68
An Ancient Complaint 69
Memorial Evening 70
Central Park, Twilight 71
The Grand Duke of New York 72
Early Winter, Long Island 74
The Deceased Writer: Photograph in the Rain 75
Moments of Old Age 76
The Portrait 77
A Small Poetics 81
Sugarduke 82
Wall Calendar 83
Final Report 84
For a Literary Survey 85
Silent Movie 86
The Art of Contraction 87
Sominex 88
Conversation 89
April 90
The End of Winter 91
Acrobatics 95
Bridgehead Photograph 96
Devotion 98
For How Long 99
Out of Line 100
He'll Come Out for Sure 101
The Runner Artist 103
Picture Postcard from Our Youth 104
Toward Home 105
Outside an Air Base, California 106
A New Lover 107
Sudden Heart 108
Exposure 111
Point of Departure 112
The Limits of Physics 113
The Story 115
The Freedom Machine 116
How To 117
Recognition 118
Visit to a Physicist 119
Failure 120
Sport 121
Bisection 122
Wind from Variable Directions 123
Epilogue to Robinson Crusoe 131
The Tower 132
Pages in an Album 133
Seashell 134
Come 135
The Shot 136
The Beginning 137
The Cycle 138
Harvests 139
Ready for Parting 140
Scarabs 141
Already 142
Brain 145
End of the Questionnaire 153
Acknowledgments 155
About the Author 157
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