The Sonnets of Lea Goldberg (Critical Essay)
Hebrew Studies Journal 2009, Annual, 50
Hebrew Studies Journal
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The sonnet, the only genre that has existed in every European literature since its birth, from the thirteenth century to Romantic poetry, Modernism, and Post-Modernism (Italian, French, English, German, Russian, and also Hebrew), is a poem of a precise and rigid exacting style, fused together with the carpenter's glue of poetic artistry. So much "glue," in fact, that Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832), the forefather of the German poetic tradition so admired by Lea Goldberg (1911-1970), explained in one of the two sonnets he wrote around 1800 ("Das Sonnet"), that his poems, like sculptures, are carved from that which is complete, organic, and natural (the tree itself) and do not require an artificial craftsmanship that retains only a distant echo of the actual thing. (1) This study examines the sonnets of Lea Goldberg: Upon Middle-Eastern soil, she brought to fullest fruition the resonant melodiousness of this European form. Filled with the force of a mighty emotion and actually experienced content, none of the other classical forms which Goldberg made accessible to the Hebrew language (such as elegy and terzina) ever became as popular.
- Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
- Published: Jan 01, 2009
- Publisher: National Association of Professors of Hebrew
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 18 Pages
- Language: English