Poetry and poets in the public sphere

Assaf Meydani, Nadir Tsur

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Political poetry is not tested by its impact and the number of its readers but in its very participation in the public discourse on the issues of the day. Poetry moves between forces that focus the attention of its audience inwards, to the lyrics of the poems, and the forces that connect to the social, cultural, and political climate in which the poems are published. These movements reflect the power of poetry, which, using language, breaks the barriers that exist between people - individuals or groups, as well as between these individuals or groups and reality. This way, the poet serves as the element that formulates the informal cultural feelings in society and offers an interpretive package of the existing reality, as well as the alternative reality. Poets place their 'truth' within the perception of reality, and this truth can compete in the public arena with the 'truth' that is portrayed by politicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-160
Number of pages20
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Lebanon War
  • beliefs
  • ideology
  • influence
  • meanings
  • persuasion
  • poetry
  • public arena
  • public discourse
  • reality
  • rhetoric
  • truth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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