By Miryam Segal
With scrupulous realization to landmark poetic texts and to academic and serious discourse in early 20th-century Palestine, Miryam Segal strains the emergence of a brand new accessory to interchange the Ashkenazic or ecu Hebrew accessory in which just about all smooth Hebrew poetry have been composed till the Twenties. Segal takes into consideration the wide historic, ideological, and political context of this shift, together with the development of a countrywide language, tradition, and literary canon; the an important position of faculties; the effect of Zionism; and the top position performed by way of ladies poets in introducing the recent accessory. This meticulous and complex but readable examine presents extraordinary new insights into the emergence of contemporary Hebrew poetry and the revival of the Hebrew language within the Land of Israel.
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With Jewish immigration to Poland in the thirteenth century, rabbinic Hebrew started to incorporate Yiddish as well. The writings of Yehudah he-±asid that were disseminated a century or two later are an example of an influential Hebs brew work containing signs of German contribution. 26 Old Yiddish both contributed to the Hebrew language and drew from it. Ashkenazic Hebs brew speech varied by region but in the fourteenth century came to be charas acterized by an accent system that was distinct from earlier ones, including that of the pointed Masoretic texts of the Bible and the Hebrew of their conts temporaries in other regions.
Written Hebrew did not develop at a constant rate, but there were periodic literary renaissances in poetry and prose. The piyut, a liturgical poem, dates back at least to sixth-century Palestine and remained a basic ingredient of religious poetic composition through modern times. An especially noteworthy moment in the history of Hebrew saw Jewish writers in Andalusian Spain adopting Arabic genres in their religious and seculs lar poetry. The medieval poetic corpus was to have a profound influence on subsequent Hebrew poetry through the nineteenth century.
The very first attempts to implemk ment a new accent in the Jewish settlement began in the last two decades of the nineteenth century, simultaneous with the first large-scale waves of Jewik ish emigration from Eastern Europe, but poetry’s definitive switch to the new accent is usually dated thirty years later, in the late 1920s. For the most part, scholars resolve the so-called delay by pinpointing a momk ment when territory was somehow activated or by naming a figure able to activk vate the territory at a particular moment.