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Memento Mori
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Title of a poem by the Yiddish poet Moyshe-Leyb Halpern (1886–1932) from his first poetry collection In Nyu York (1919; “In New York,” 1982). Memento Mori is an example of the poet’s ability to cast a very personal pronouncement in lively Yiddish everyday language. In the context of modern lyric poetry, the poem illustrates Halpern’s unmistakable synthesis of modern individualism with the dynamic of Yiddish as the language of the “simple folk.”

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Miron, Dan, “Memento Mori”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0534>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312

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