By Benjamin Harshav, Barbara Harshav

ISBN-10: 0520048423

ISBN-13: 9780520048423

Presents info at the Yiddish language and literature, describes poetic types, and gathers poems in Yiddish and English by way of seven of the simplest Jewish American poets.

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And yet, from the very beginning, something calculated protrudes from these apparently innocent remarks: She must live with genteel parents and belong to a well-regarded and pedigreed family. One can see it: something out of the ordinarypure and refined. ) Oh, what softness and flexibility in a body ... It's not a bodyit's a violin! 45). As the attachment between the couple grows, so does the sexual tension. The narrator expresses his joy as the two begin to hold hands and, finally, to kiss. The woman now visits him daily at dusk.

He doesn't believe them, not Bik and not that son of his. 124). In this way, the deaf man compounds the insult he had inflicted with his comment about Esther's butter cake. There, he had used ambiguity to slight her; here it is halfhearted denial. But in both cases he manages to avoid noticing Esther's obvious and desperate need of support. " But, when he arrives, he sees Mendl hurrying from a corner of the kitchen.

To others, this effort appeared as a mysterious listlessness, a demeanor that suggested a person burdened by some enormous secret tragedy: In her presence, people moved sedately and spoke softly. Anyone who laughed was shocked by his own voice ... 95). More important, Felye was forced to conceal certain things from herself as well as from others: her sexuality, her desire for love, her need for the warmth and support of family. 96). Not even at home had Felye been able to relinquish or modify her aura of aloofness, separating herself, instead, from her mother and her younger sister, Anna: She became a stranger in the house.

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