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Rokeaḥ, David


ROKEAḤ, DAVID (1916–1985), Hebrew poet. Born in Lvov, Rokeaḥ settled in Palestine in 1934, working as an engineer, and first published lyrical poems in 1935.

His books of poetry are: Be-Gesher ha-Yi'ud (1939), Yamim Ashenim (1941), Mo'adei Ergah (1954), Arar alei Shaham (1958), Kinno shel Yam (1963), Mi-Kayiẓ el Kayiẓ (1964), Shaḥar le-Helekh (1965), Einayim la-Sela (1967), and Ve-Lo Ba Yom Aḥer (1969). Many of his poems appeared in German translation by prominent poets such as Paul Celan and Erich Fried, and Rokeah was indeed one of the first Hebrew poets to be published in postwar Germany. For a full listing of Rokeaḥ's works in English translation, see Goell, Bibliography, 1191–207.


M. Hamburger, in: Ariel, no. 12 (1965), 25–30. add. bibliography: H. Shoham, in: Yedioth Aharonoth (November 20, 1981); Z. Luz, "Mar'ot ha-Zemannim: Motivim ve-Dimuyei-Yesod be-Shirato shel D. Rokeah," in: Bikkoret u-Farshanut, 4–5 (1974), 64–69; J. Neusner, "On D. Rokeah's 'Jews, Pagans and Christians in Conflict,'" in: jqr, 74:3 (1984), 313–20; Y. Schwartz, "Al D. Rokeah, 'Ha-Yahadut ve-ha-Naẓrut bi-Re'i ha-Pulmus ha-Pagani,'" in: Zion 58:1 (1993), 115–19; A. Bodenheimer, "Das Wiedererkennen des Unbekannten: Zu P. Celans Uebersetzung des Gedichts 'Banechar' von D. Rokeah," in: Poetik der Transformationen (1999), 129–136.

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