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My poems are political in the deeper sense of the word. Political means to live in your time, to be a man of your time. ---->>>

I was a very religious child - I went to synagogue at least once, sometimes twice, a day. And I remember my religiousness as good - I think religion is good for children, especially educated children, because it allows for imagination, a whole imaginative world apart from the practical world. ---->>>

I think the end is endless. It's either a big black hole or a big white light or both together. But it's totally meaningless, because even if someone would explain it, I wouldn't understand it. ---->>>

The world of religion isn't a logical world; that's why children like it. It's a world of worked-out fantasies, very similar to children's stories or fairy tales. ---->>>

I've often said that all poetry is political. This is because real poems deal with a human response to reality and politics is part of reality, history in the making. Even if a poet writes about sitting in a glass house drinking tea, it reflects politics. ---->>>

Every intelligent person, whether he's an artist or not - a mathematician, a doctor, a scientist - possesses a poetic way of seeing and describing the world. ---->>>

There are two languages: one as things seem to us and the other of knowledge. ---->>>

I try to stay a civilian, to live as a human, not as a poet. ---->>>

The reason a poet is a poet is to write poems, not to advertise himself as a poet. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Israeli
Born: 05-03, 1924
Birthplace:
Die: 09-22, 2000
Occupation: Poet
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Yehuda Amichai (Hebrew: יהודה עמיחי‎‎; ‎3 May 1924 – 22 September 2000) was an Israeli poet. Amichai is considered by many, both in Israel and internationally, as Israel's greatest modern poet. He was also one of the first to write in colloquial Hebrew. Yehuda Amichai [was] for generations the most prominent poet in Israel, and one of the leading figures in world poetry since the mid-1960s (wikipedia)