No Rattling of Sabers An Anthology of Israeli War Poetry

by Esther Raizen

Part of the CMES Modern Middle East Literatures in Translation Series

No Rattling of Sabers An Anthology of Israeli War Poetry Synopsis

In this collection, Esther Raizen explores the significance and value of Hebrew poetry written in response to the wars in which Israel was involved during the last fifty years. The anthology includes the works of many poets, some as well known as Nathan Altherman and Yehudah Amichai and others less known. The poems, presented in both English and Hebrew, depict war as viewed by the soldier, as reflected upon by civilians, and as a force giving rise to the creation of poetry. Raizen explores in an introductory essay the issue of whether poetry written with a defined political message and in the context of certain historical events can function adequately on the aesthetic level. She also tracks the changes in the characteristics of Israeli war poetry from 1948 to 1991, beginning with the glorified patriotism expected in the 1930s-1940s and progressing to the critical ideas in the later years, during which poetry is characterized by understatement and cynicism.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780292770713
Publication date: 1st January 1995
Author: Esther Raizen
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 206 pages
Categories: Poetry,

About Esther Raizen

A native of Israel, Esther Raizen is associate dean for research in the College of Liberal Arts and former chair of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in Hebrew language pedagogy and has been an early adopter of computer technology for the Hebrew-language classroom and a pioneer in the production of open educational resources for Hebrew-language instruction.

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