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Rahel (Bluwstein)
(1890–1931)

Rahel (Bluwstein)(1890–1931)

Hebrew poet. Born and educated in Russia, Rahel's early poems were written in her native language. She came to Eretz Yisrael in 1909 and was greatly influenced by the early halutz (pioneer), A.D. Gordon. In 1913, she went to France and then returned to Russia where she was a teacher, eventually returning to Eretz Yisrael in 1919 to become a member of Degania, the first kibbutz, where Gordon lived. She contracted consumption there, and references to her impending death are found in her later poems. Rahel generally wrote simple, sensitive lyrics filled with symbolism. Her love of the countryside and nature is expressed in much of her work. Many of her poems have been put to music.


Israel, 1991, Rahel Bluwstein

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