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   Poetics of Conflict and Vision
   Amir Or
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The unique complexity of Israeli society and culture is at times fascinating, at times unbearable. Now it seems to be a bridge, now a limbo, at the point where East and West meet. Israel has about 4.5 millions Jewish citizens whose families emigrated from Europe and Russia after the World War II, about 3 millions Jewish citizens whose families emigrated or fled from Arab countries in the 1950's, and 1.2 millions Arab citizens, subdivided i nto Moslem, Christian and Druze. Hebrew and Arabic are both Semitic languages, and Eastern culture is to a large extent shared by half Israel’s population, including Jews and Arabs.
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Introduction
 
No one has ever questioned the benefitof studies for the visual artist, the actor or the musician. Why then does our era accept the notion that poetry needn’t be studied? It’s true that talent can’t be learned – in any field – but as we know, in Ancient Greece, in the aiodoi tradition in Homeric Ionia (8th-9th cent. BC), in Lesbos (7th cent. BC) or in Hellenistic Alexandria (3rd cent BC), in the various meistersinger, troubadour and other European traditions, through the Middle Ages and well into the Renaissance, there used to be schools for poetry. Homer, Sappho or Callimachus stand in the tradition of a school, as do Kalidassa in India or Basho in Japan; in just the same way as there are schools for dance and fine arts today. Broadening a poet’s horizons, familiarizing her/him with various styles and techniques of writing as well as with the writings of different cultures and eras, can only enrich their poetic “tool-box”.
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