From the first pioneer generation on, Israeli poets have grappled with themes that make their national literature distinctive and challenging . . . .
land and faith, peace and war, dreams and crushing irony. Rabbi Robert Tobin's third summer seminar traces the development of Israel's self-expression in verse, composed in a language -- with Biblical roots and references -- that is still developing its modern idiom. The interplay of contemporary metaphors and ancient Hebrew verse patterns and allusions make Israeli poetry complex and unique.
(Yehuda Amichai, one of Israel's great poets, is depicted.)
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