Creator, Are You Listening?: Israeli Poets on God and Prayer - Jewish Literature and Culture (Hardback)David C. Jacobson (author)
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In an anthology that is both scholarly and accessible to readers of contemporary poetry, David C. Jacobson examines the search for God in the work of six prominent Israeli poets-Yehuda Amichai, Admiel Kosman, Rivka Miriam, Zelda Mishkovsky, Hava Pinhas-Cohen, and Asher Reich.
In the book's introduction, Jacobson explores the central role that poetry has always played and continues to play in our understanding of the religious experience. The work of each poet is then preceded by an introduction which establishes the historical and biographical contexts of the poems discussed. The poetry appears in the original Hebrew as well as Jacobson's graceful English translations.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 34 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
. . . a unique, epoch-making anthology of modern Israeli poetry. * Chicago Jewish Star *
Some Israeli literary critics and scholars assume that Zionist nationalism and enlightened modernism are responsible for the lack of authentic religious expression in modern Hebrew poetry in general and in Israeli Hebrew poetry in particular. Jacobson (Brown Univ.) argues otherwise in this analytic and comprehensive study of contemporary Israeli poets Zelda (i.e., Zelda Mishkovsky), Yehuda Amichai, Asher Reich, Rivka Miriam, Hava Pinhas-Cohen, and Admiel Kosman. . . . Recommended. * Choice *
. . . 'theological' poets have been marginal in Israel until quite recently, and remain mostly untranslated and inaccessible to American readers. David C. Jacobson's Creator, Are You Listening?: Israeli Poets on God and Prayer gives these poets, or at least a fair selection of them, some well-deserved exposure. . . . For each poet, Jacobson gives a concise introduction followed by representative poems in Hebrew with translations and commentary. The commentaries, in clear and unpretentious English, focus on words and phrases rather than themes. This makes sense: What makes these poets' thoughts on God and prayer unique and interesting is the way they take apart and reuse the language of traditional Judaism. Explicating their language, Jacobson helps us understand their spirituality. * Forward *
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