The Early Books of Yehuda Amichai

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The Sheep Meadow Press, 1988 - Poetry - 194 pages
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The Early Books of Yehuda Amichai collects for the first time in a single volume the three works -- Songs of Jerusalem and Myself, Poems and Time -- that established Amichai as Israel's greatest contemporary poet and one of the major poets of our time.

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Contents

PART I
12
My Father My King
25
Sat in Happiness
36
PART II
51
All the Generations Before Me
65
Jews in the Land of Israel
67
Ballad in the Streets of Buenos Aires
92
Two Songs on Caesarea Beach
105
The evening lies along the horizon and donates blood
165
A song a psalm on Independence Day
166
The little park planted in memory of a boy
167
On New Years Day next to a house being built
168
You carry the load of heavy buttocks
169
There came upon me a terrible longing
170
A song of friendship while parting from a friend
171
To a friend who is a priest
172

Quick and Bitter
118
Two Songs of Peace
120
The First Battles
133
Shifra and Batia promised
144
People on this shore
147
One sees all kinds of things
148
How did a flag come into being?
149
The diameter of the bomb was thirty centimeters
150
Whats that
151
Sons of warm wombs join the army
152
When my head got banged on the door I screamed
153
Sometime before his death
154
The old ice factory in PetahTikvah
155
heard talking outside my window
156
My friend the things you do now
157
Ive already been weaned from Adams the first mans curse
158
Listen my old teacher
160
In the garden at the white table
161
Karl Marx cold and bitter one
162
A weeping mouth and a laughing mouth
163
But what have you done for your soul?
164
Jerusalem is a cradle city rocking me
173
Evening hours of the soul
174
A snare flies up from the ground
175
The cemetery of Messilat Zion in the mountains
176
This man crossing the field
177
The day olive trees breathed deeply
178
With open eyes as only the dead have
179
When a man has been away from his homeland a long time
180
Hove these people in their strong house
181
Late in life I came to you
182
We walked together you and 1
183
Small and fragile you stand in the rain
184
My son in whose face there is already a sign
185
He left two sons
186
My expupil has become a policewoman
187
Sol find myself always on the run
188
A bird at dawn is singing
190
My God the soul you gave me
191
Now all the lifeguards have left for their homes
192
So I went down to the ancient harbor
193
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About the author (1988)

YEHUDA AMICHAI was born in Wurzburg, Germany, in 1924 and emigrated with his family to Palestine in 1936. Amichai published eleven volumes of poetry in Hebrew, two novels, and a book of short stories. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. In 1982, Amichai received the Israel Prize for Poetry, and he became a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1986. He lived in Jerusalem until his death on September 25, 2000.

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