oa Journal for Semitics - A short study of the image of Jerusalem in selected Arabic and Hebrew poems

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1013-8471



This paper investigates the use of religious metaphors in selected poetry by Nizar Qabbani, Fadwa Tuqan and Yehuda Amichai. All poems were written after 1967 and Jerusalem's reunification under Israeli control. Not only is the image of Jerusalem reflected from an opposing vantage point by the Arab and Hebrew poets, but it also serves a different purpose: where the former poets are seen to use religious metaphors in order to mystify reality, the latter demystifies religion through reality.

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