Meet Israel's Frost, Dickinson, and Poe
Updated: May 6
Before the establishment of the State of Israel until the present day, there have been many poets who have created beautiful and rich pieces of poetry.
Do you recognize any of the poets below?
נַפְתָּלִי הֵרְץ אִימְבֶּר - Naftali Herz Imber
"הַתִּקְוָה" - "Hatikva"
The first two stanzas of this poem have become Israel’s national anthem.
חַיִּים נַחְמָן בְּיָאלִיק - Haim Nahman Bialik
"אֶל הַצִּפּוֹר" - "El Hazipor"
The first published poem by Israel’s national poet.
שָׁאוּל טַשֶּׁרְנחוֹבְסְקִי - Shaul Tchernichovsky
"בְּעֵין דּוֹר" - "Be'eyn Dor"
One of Tchernichovskys many Hebrew ballads dedicated to King Saul.
רָחֵל הַמְּשׁוֹרֶרֶת - Rachel the Poetess (Rachel Bluwstein)
"זֶמֶר נוֹגֵה" - "Zemer Noge"
She is considered a monumental Hebrew poetry classic.
נָתָן אַלְתֶּרְמַן - Nathan Alterman
"עוֹד חוֹזֵר הַנִּגּוּן" - "Od Hozer Hanigun"
לֵאָה גּוֹלְדְּבֵּרְג - Leah Goldberg
"דִּירָה לְהַשְׂכִּיר" - "Apartment for Rent"
A famous Hebrew children’s book, that every Israeli kid knows.
יְהוּדָה עַמִּיחַי - Yehuda Amichai
"עַכְשָׁו וּבַיָּמִים הָאֲחֵרִים" - "Achshav Uvayamim Ha'acherim"
One of the most important books in Israeli poetry.
נָתָן זַךְ - Nathan Zach
"כִּי הָאָדָם עֵץ הַשָּׂדֶה" - "Ki Ha'adam Ez Hasadeh"
A mainstay of Israeli music.
יוֹנָה ווֹלַךְ - Yona Volach
"תְּפִלִּין" - "Tefillin"
A well-known, yet very controversial poem that caused quite a storm when it was first published.
רוֹעִי חָסָן - Roy Hasan
"מְדִינַת אַשְׁכְּנַז" - Medinat Ashkenaz
A Hebrew poem criticizing the ‘Ashkenazi Hegemony’ in Israel, according to Hasan.
You made it to the end! Here's a fun fact!
The currency in circulation in Israel currently features a different Israeli poet on each bill.