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Undoubtedly, the poetry by Dalia Ravikovich has marked a new era in modern/contemporary Israeli poetry. The language in her early poetry (notably in her first volumes of poetry entitled “The Love of the Orange,” “Hard Winter,” and “The Third Book”) echoes archaic Hebrew, which was influenced by the ancient Aramaic language and practiced in the periods of the Mishna and the Talmud (from about 200 BCE through 500 CE). The tone and rhetoric in Ravokovich’s poetry are remarkably lyrical and soft, her themes submissive, the rhythm singularly relaxed and pacified, while expressing the desire to be led, to be treated gently, to be fervently loved, and to reach distant, misty, coaxing horizons. Her poetry is of yearning and pining, and displays much agony, pain and chagrin; nevertheless, her imploring complaint is tender and gentle.
In 1998, she won the remarkably prestigious Israel Prize for poetry. In 2008, however, Dalia Ravikovich met her tragic death at the age of 69.
This anthology contains 115 poems by Dalia Ravikovich, translated from the Hebrew by the author.