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Poetry, Modern Hebrew
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There is no agreement over the term ‘Modern Hebrew Poetry’. Although most scholars tend to identify the modern period with the emergence of the Haskala ‘Hebrew Enlightenment’ at the end of the 18th century, it seems appropriate to begin with the towering figure of the philosopher and mystic Moses Hayyim Luzzatto (1707–1746), who was also a gifted poet and author of the first Modern Hebrew treatises on poetics and rhetoric. In the 11th chapter of his book of poetics לשון למודים lešon limmudim ‘A Tongue for Teaching’, Luzzatto proposed three possible poetic styles: a mosaic-lik…

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Dykman, Aminadav, “Poetry, Modern Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000298>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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