Abraham Shlonsky

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Shlonsky, Abraham


Born 1900 in the village of Kriukovo, in what is now Kremenchug Raion, Poltava Oblast, Ukrainian SSR; died May 18, 1973, in Tel Aviv. Israeli poet who wrote in Hebrew.

Shlonsky emigrated to Palestine in 1920. From 1928 to 1933 he published collections under the title Notes, which were extremely popular among the avant-garde political youth. Themes recurring in his works of the 1930’s are the struggle against the desert and praise of the fruitful earth, for example, in Stumbling Blocks (1932) and Poems of Collapse and Appeasement (1938). Also of note is his poem “Stalingrad” (1943). Shlonsky translated the works of A. S. Pushkin and M. A. Sholokhov into Hebrew.

Shlonsky was a member of the World Peace Council.


In Russian translation:
[Stikhi.] In the collection Poety Izrailia. Moscow, 1963.
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2) Nathan Alterman (1910-70), next to Avraham Shlonsky (1900-73), was considered the unchallenged dean of modern Hebrew poetry, the august master of spectacularly colorful writing, which consists of complex and equally ramiform metaphors, picturesque, complicated, and cryptic symbolism, sweeping and fastidiously measured metrical patterns, and meticulously beaded rhymes.
Those of the Palestinian period, sometimes called the Urban poets, led by Avraham Shlonsky, found Bialik's work too moralizing, too biblical in its language; their emerging spirit of independence did not admit wearing the heart on one's sleeve.