Young Hebrew poets in the 1940s and early 1950s reacted in one of three ways to Nathan Alterman's early poetry (1938—1944): they accepted it fully or almost so; they rejected it; or they were ambivalent towards it. This article concentrates on the ambivalent reactions, especially with respect to Alterman's living-dead motif, as exemplified in his poem 'Simchat Aniyim'. Differences are noted between Alterman's early poetry and that of the younger poets who modeled their work on his. For example, Alterman's living-dead motif is timeless and placeless, whereas for the younger poets the same motif is connected with Israel's War of Independence (1948) and is part of the mechanism of denial and repression which they used to cope with the death of so many young Jewish fighters in that war.
|Translated title of the contribution||Between Mythicization and De-Mythicization: On One Aspect of the Reception of Alterman's Living-Dead Motif in Young Poetry of the 1940s and Early 1950s|
|Journal||דפים למחקר בספרות|
|State||Published - 1989|