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BIOGRAPHY – YEHUDA AMICHAI Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Posted by edincityoflit in Poets.
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Yehuca Amichai was born in Germany in 1924.  His family left Germany for Palestine twelve years later after the rise of the Nazi regime.  In 1948, Amichai fought with the Israelis in the Arab-Israeli War and settled into Israel for the rest of his life.  He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, publishing his first book of poetry “Now and In Other Days,” in 1955.

Amichai wrote in Hebrew, but his works have been widely translated.  Amichai was Poet-in-Residence at a number of prominent Universities around the world and won many awards throughout his life.  Widely considered to be the finest modern poet of Israel, Amichai died in 2000.

Richard Holloway’s story: The Place Where We Are Right Wednesday, 25 November 2009

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…by Yehuda Amichai

Amichai was the most famous Israeli poet of his generation, and I love this poem because it warns us against the dangers of religious and political ‘certainty’, which it contrasts with the ‘doubts and loves’ that enable the soul to flourish.

Richard Holloway is a Scottish writer and broadcaster and was formerly Bishop of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church. He was guest director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2009.