One of the major poets of the twentieth century Yehuda Amichai created accessible poems that sketched Israeli landscapes in deft strokes. The universally resonant themes and the resounding history, suffused with sadness over separation that casts its shadow on love. The poems that are written about a country torn by armed conflicts, wrapped in violence, it asserts the experiences that are harboured under threats of violence and death.
The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai edited by Robert Alter is the largest English-language collection to date from Israel’s finest poet. It gathers the best of the existing translations as well as offering English versions of many untranslated poems. His lines are direct, hospitable sensuous and witty at times. It becomes a book of life with lines which read,‘I want to walk through the deep ravines between her sobs.’ giving you the connect and an image of broken memories that anyone could have faced.