Yehuda Amichai (1924-2000)

Amichai (born: Ludwig Pfeuffer) is primarily known as a prolific and prize-winning modern Hebrew poet — his honors include the Israel Prize – but he also wrote fiction, drama and essays.

Amichai is rare, if not unique, among Israeli poets of the later 20th Century in that he regularly makes use of religious language and metaphors. This provides a bridge into Hebrew poetry for readers familiar with biblical and prayer vocabulary but with little contemporary Hebrew exposure.

A Few Amichai Web Resources

Amichai on himself

Short biography and bibliography of works in English

The Untranslatable Amichai,” an essay by Robert Alter, 1994.
Yehuda Amichai at Wikipedia
His papers are now housed at the Yale University Library Judaica Collection.


2015 celebration of Amichai and his work, following the publication of The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, edited by Robert Alter. (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux) —

Note, especially — per note from Hebrew Poetry group — his daughter Emanuella (7:30), Robert Alter (30:15), Chana Bloch (41:45), and Chana Kronfeld (52:50), as well as interview with the “three Chanas” (Bloch, Kronfeld, and Amichai’s widow; 106:38).


More resources on Amichai to come. See also Hebrew Poetry Study Group at Temple Micah.

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