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March 15th, 2003
08:23 pm


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Uri Zvi Greenberg, the well-known Hebrew poet, was a raving fundamentalist crackpot who supported violence against Arab civilians and possibly even genocide. What makes it hard to dismiss him is that he is a damn fine poet. Time to get to know his works a little better.

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Date:March 15th, 2003 11:46 am (UTC)

You forgot his mysticism

...which made him see everything in the form of a forever unfolding drama, emdlessly repeating itself. Thus the constant allusions to the history of the Second Temple: from his typecasting leftists - Brit Shalom people, mostly - as "Sanbleatim" (sg. Sanbelat, a collaborator appearing in the Book of Nechemyah), a phrase which stuck in right-wing writing to the 1980s, to the yearning for a second rebellion, to the day of conquest of eastern Jerusalem, where he cried that all was in vain, since Temple Mount was to remain in Muslim hands.

Oh, and by the way, why is it hard to dismiss him because he wrote fine verse?
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