Poets from a War Torn World
Strategic Book Publishing, 2012 - 64 páginas
The first two essays in Poets from a War Torn World are about mysticism in modern Arabic poetry. The second two essays are about literary philosophy in modern Hebrew poetry. All four essays focus on the 1960s and 1970s, a time when poets hoped that through their writings they could help bring peace to a war torn Middle East. Reuven Snir's introduction is in clear simple language. It provides background knowledge that will assist the general reader who has no previous knowledge of specifically Arabic or Hebrew poetry. Otherwise, the introduction and essays are of interest to scholars, students and the general reader, those interested in poetry, poetics or diverse cultures. The four essays include Aviva Butt's translations of entire poems, so the book also includes a collection of poems that are enjoyable to read. The leading poets under discussion in the first three essays are Adunis (Adonis), Mahmud Darwish (Arabic poets) and Natan Zach (Hebrew poet). Rashid Husayn (Arabic poet) is also mentioned. The last essay, A Surge of Poetry, deals with the creativity of Hebrew poets Natan Zach, Yehuda Amichai, Meir Wieseltier and Asher Reich. Natan Alterman is also mentioned. Author of: Gifts from an Empty Suitcase and Other Short Stories: And Twenty Poems (2012) Publisher's website: http: //sbpra.com/AvivaButt
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This small book offers a substantial contribution to literary criticism in world literature. I highly recommend this book to those interested in world literature and to those who like to enjoy new perspectives and good reading. It has an Introduction by Professor Reuven Snir of Haifa University (author of the recent publication Baghdad: The City in Verse (2013, HUP). Poets from a War Torn World also offers an excellent collection of modern Arabic and Hebrew poems in translation. It is listed in the References of the online Wikipedia Encyclopedia for entries on four of the poets discussed in these essays:
Adunis (leading Arabic poet) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adunis Reference No. 8. A gap in the entry on the 1970s in Adunis’ literary career was filled in by referencing Butt’s work.
Mahmoud Darwish (Arabic Palestinian poet) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Darwish
Reference No. 21.
Nathan Zach (leading Hebrew poet) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathan_Zach
Reference No. 4
Meir Wieseltier (leading Hebrew poet) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meir_Wieseltier
Reference No. 2
With the Mahmoud Darwish entry, Butt herself was largely responsible for editing the present Wikipedia section on “Darwish’s Literary Career.” Her own publication Poets from a War Torn World was in fact largely inspired by a need for published reference works that she discovered while trying to edit major poets in Arabic and Hebrew literature. It was later added to the Darwish entry by another editor.