NOTICE: DUE TO NAPO, THIS WILL BE THE LAST CC COMPETITION UNTIL JUNE. Co-Hosts - Ahavati & JohnnyBlaze
Part XXVIII in an ongoing series introducing serious writers of DUP to the most well-known poets, both classical and modern. Yehuda Amichai
( May 3, 1924 – September 22, 2000 ) was born Ludwig Pfeuffer. Amichai is considered, both in Israel and internationally, as Israel's greatest modern poet, and one of the leading poets worldwide. He also wrote two novels and several short stories, and was one of the first to write in colloquial Hebrew.
Amichai's poetry deals with issues of day-to-day life and with the meaning of life and death. His work is characterized by gentle irony and original, often surprising imagery. He struggled with religious faith; his poems are full of references to God and the religious experience.
Amichai's work was popular in English translation, but admirers of his poetry in the original Hebrew claim his innovative use of the language is lost in translation. Subtle layers of meaning achieved using an ancient word rather than its modern synonym to impart a biblical connotation cannot always be conveyed. In Amichai's love poem In the Middle of This Century
, for instance, the English translation reads: "the linsey-woolsey of our being together." The Hebrew term, shaatnez, refers to the biblical taboo on interweaving linen and wool, which a Hebrew reader would grasp as an image of forbidden union.
It was said of him, ""Almost every poem by Amichai is a statement about the general human condition and Amichai, in a certain sense, is always a philosophical poet."
For more information regarding Amichai, please visit the Poetry Foundation: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/yehuda-amichai Guidelines
Write a new
Poem honoring Amichai inspired by any one of his poems.
While you are allowed a maximum of 2 entries, only the best of your entries is considered viable for the trophy.
Do your best to make us feel as though we are reading poems by Amichai. The more we feel you "capturing his essence" in "your own words" , the higher you will score. This will involve choice of wording, delivery, subject material, formatting, target audience - a wide range of factors. The Rules
1. Two entries per DUP persona.
2. No erotica; this is open to all ages and can't be viewed with an ECW ( Extreme Content Warning ).
3. No exact word limit; however, attempt to keep it no more than 250 - 300.
4. Any form is acceptable ( but studying the poet is advised ).
5. Webmiss will be creating #YehudaAmichai in the theme list. The page will automatically generate as soon as eight entrants hashtag the theme. In the interim, #hashtag #YehudaAmichai at the bottom of your poem.
6. In your poem's notes, provide a link and a title to the very poem by Amichai that inspired yours. Without such, we have no way of determining if you were truly inspired by Amichai or simply swapped fresh words into his existing poetry ( which is a form of plagiarism ). ALL NON-ELIGIBLE ENTRIES WILL BE REMOVED, AS WELL AS THOSE WRITTEN BY UNDISCLOSED ALTERNATE PROFILES.
This is not a competition to deliberately ignore guidelines so as to advertise your work or sneak more entries in under a guise. And even If ypu have a profile that is violating site guidelines regarding disclosure, all of your profiles in this comp are rendered ineligible.
Comp will be judged by Ahavati & JohnnyBlaze. As in the past and in the event there is a tie, we will call in third ( and possibly fourth ) judge.
You have one month; best of luck to all entrants!