Writing of Yehuda Amichai, The

Writing of Yehuda Amichai, The

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Yehuda Amichai is an Israeli poet of international distinction. Known as Israela€™s a€œmaster poet, a€ Amichai conveys a portrait of life in modern Israel, summarizing and reflecting all the major preoccupations of his generation. Unlike most of his Israeli contemporaries he explores the alteration of Jewish perspectives, the loss of religious orthodoxy and the nature of Jewish identity in the mid-20th century. He illuminates the dislocation of Jewish life after the Holocaust and the dilemma of response on the part of young Israelis. His poetic language is rich in figuration and laced with quotations from classical Jewish texts which he manipulates into ironic discourse with the problems of the present. Echoing the 17th-century metaphysical poets, Amichaia€™s writing reveals a tussle between physical love and spirituality; its tension lies in his failure to synthesize both in religious faith. Abramson presents a detailed critical description and thematic analysis of Amichaia€™s work, with reference to the historical background from which it has emerged. The problems of an emerging national culture are seen subjectively through the eyes of one of its most sensitive and perceptive literary observers.While making love to Patricia for the first time he is aware of hearing a recorded Bible quiz which penetrates into their aparta€” ment from next door. It represents the question mark suspended over their relationship as a whole, with its source the guilt engendered byJoela#39;s ... not only as a person ofmercy and healing, but also as a figure ofimposing knowledge, the one who knows the answers. ... Little Ruth says to the narrator: a€œYou always look for comfort; the shoes shouldna#39;t pinch.

Title:Writing of Yehuda Amichai, The
Author:Glenda Abramson
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2012-02-01


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