n Journal for Semitics - From Steppe to veld : the landscape poems of the Yiddish poet David Fram

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1013-8471


This article offers detailed readings of specific poems that reflect, and reflect on, Fram's responses to the differing landscapes in which he found himself, focusing on his lyric mode and romantic inclinations. While those about Lithuania indicate his strong feelings of attachment to the icy steppes, the poems he wrote later in South Africa provide a contrast, as his changed imagery evokes the heat of the veld and the exotic luxuriance of its flora. Through their translation and transliteration, the poems provide a valuable space for the preservation of a particular literary and cultural heritage.

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