Berl Feldmann (later Amir Gilboa) was born to a Jewish family in Radziwillow (now Radywyliw, Volhynia) in Ukraine. In 1937, he immigrated to Mandate Palestine. In 1942, he fought in World War II in the Jewish Brigade of the British Army. In 1948, he fought in Israel's Independence War. He died in 1984 at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva due to complications from ischemic heart disease.
In 1949, he published a volume of poetry entitled Sheva Reshuyot ("Seven Domains") about his war-time experiences. This collection, along with his Early Morning Songs, published in 1953, established his reputation as a leading Hebrew poet. His early work was influenced by Avraham Shlonsky and Natan Alterman, especially in its use of archaic, biblical Hebrew. Later, his language becomes more colloquial, with an abundance of rhymes, word play and satirical commentary.I Wanted to Write the Lips of Sleepers, published in 1968, is devoted to the act of writing poetry and the poet's feelings. .
Awards and recognition
- In 1971, Gilboa was awarded the Bialik Prize for literature.
- In 1982, he was awarded the Israel Prize, for Hebrew poetry.