The Modern Hebrew Poem Itself: A New and Updated Edition

Overview

In this new and expanded edition of a classic volume first printed in 1965, The Modern Hebrew Poem Itself adds the dynamic voices of a new generation of Hebrew poets. Each poem appears in both its original Hebrew and an English phonetic transcription, along with extensive commentary and a literal English translation. This offers readers who know little or no Hebrew a way to experience the poem in a multi-faceted way—they are able to speak and hear the lines as well as grasp the poem's meaning. Recognizing that ...
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Overview

In this new and expanded edition of a classic volume first printed in 1965, The Modern Hebrew Poem Itself adds the dynamic voices of a new generation of Hebrew poets. Each poem appears in both its original Hebrew and an English phonetic transcription, along with extensive commentary and a literal English translation. This offers readers who know little or no Hebrew a way to experience the poem in a multi-faceted way—they are able to speak and hear the lines as well as grasp the poem's meaning. Recognizing that poems have a unique order that may be missed by a reader who doesn't speak the poet's language, the editors provide the reader with an understanding of not only what the poet is saying, but how the idea is communicated. Also included in the volume is a valuable introduction to and historical overview of Hebrew poetry from 1880-1990. The Modern Hebrew Poem Itself is a must-have for lovers of poetry and Jewish literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814324851
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Burnshaw, retired author, critic, and publisher, originated the method for presenting poetry used in this volume.

T. Carmi was a widely respected modern Hebrew poet.

Susan Glassman was an editor for American Heritage Books and wrote many articles on literary, art, and social criticism.

Ariel Hirschfield is an important Israeli literary critic.

Ezra Spicehandler is the Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has authored, translated, and edited numerous publications on Hebrew literature, Israel, and Zionism, and has received many awards for his work in Hebrew studies.

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Table of Contents

Note to the New and Updated Edition 13
To the Reader 15
Upon My Return 27
From the Winter Songs 30
Alone 33
At Twilight 36
A Twig Fell 38
On the Slaughter 40
My Astarte 45
To the Sun: 7, 8 48
Eagle: Eagle Over Your Mountains 52
Three Asses 54
Midnight 56
The Lonely Say 58
Happy Are They Who Sow 60
Not an Enclosed Garden 62
Confession 64
With My God the Blacksmith 68
On a Night of Rain in Jerusalem 70
Under the Tooth of Their Plough 72
Martyrs of Silence 76
Amputation of the Wing 78
To Tarshish 79
Toil 82
Three Old Women 84
End of Adar 86
Mr. X Speaks about His Neighborhood 89
A Cubit and a Half 92
Cranes from the Threshold 94
In Purple 97
The Soul of 101
Dream 105
Sands 109
A Summer Night 111
The Night 114
The Foundling 117
The Mole 120
After Twenty Years 125
Hamsin of Nisan 128
The Tree Sings to the River 130
The Girl Sings to the River 132
From My Mother's Home 133
Tel Aviv 1935 135
Lakes 137
Isaac 142
Moses 144
In the Dark 146
Joshua's Face 148
If There Were a Hundred Hats 151
Joy 152
Opening 154
Sounds from Nearby 156
Spring in the World 158
Odysseus 160
[It Seems to Me] 162
His Mother 164
Of Three or Four in a Room 166
The Two of Us Together ... 168
Half of the People in the World 170
[My Father] 172
To the Pomergranate 174
She Is Asleep 176
Awakening 178
The Eagle 180
The Log Book 184
[I Saw] 186
From Year to Year It 188
Failure 190
Clockwork Doll 192
With Walter and Amati 198
Chapters in Time - Mine and His 201
Tightly I Hold on to the Butt of a Dream 204
My Soul Wanders Round 206
Jerusalem Is a Port City 209
The Fourth Resurrection 211
Landscapes 213
Houses 219
Written in Pencil in the Sealed Boxcar 221
The Portrait 224
Do Not Consider This to Be a Sin 226
I Hear Something Falling 228
Pride 230
He Shall Surely Come 233
Every Rose 238
When I Said the Blessing 241
A Day 243
Memory 245
Nonconformism 248
The Power of the Will 251
Were It Not 253
Zayish 255
I Only Want to Tell You 260
Instructions for a Lullaby 263
March 265
A Children's Song 267
Morning Time 270
Absalom 273
Ho Sea, Skies 276
Yonatan 279
The Shell of My Body 281
In a Village Whose Name I Do Not Even Know 283
My Face in the Puddle 286
Spider Baal 288
Handcuffs. A Street Song 290
Window of My House 293
Miracle 295
Deserter 298
App. A How to Read the Phonetic Transcriptions of the Poems 303
App. B An Outline History of Modern Hebrew Poetry 1880-1965 309
App. C Hebrew Poetry 1965-1988 323
App. D Modern Hebrew Poetry 1960-1990 337
App. E A Note on Hebrew Prosody 353
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