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The Full Severity of Compassion: The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai

Chana Kronfeld


Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000) was the foremost Israeli poet of the 20th century and an internationally influential literary figure. The Full Severity of Compassion is a modular retrospective of Amichai's poetic project. It depicts the poet's life-long struggle against all hierarchical systems of privilege and exclusion, and his search for an alternative “language of love,” as he calls it. The book explores Amichai's fierce avant-garde egalitarianism at it is expressed in a commitment to both accessibility and daring experimentation. Through a series of close readings, the book discusses issues in ... More

Keywords: Yehuda Amichai, Modernism, Metaphor, Intertextuality, Political Poetry, Modern Hebrew Literature, Liminality, Translation Studies, Israel/Palestine, Literary Historiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780804782951
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804782951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chana Kronfeld, author
Department of Near Eastern Studies