Born in Kovno, Lithuania, Lea Goldberg studied at Lithuanian and
German universities, receiving her Ph.D. in 1933. She came on aliyah
in 1935 where she worked as a literary adviser to Habimah theater
and as an editor for Sifriyat Poalim books. She became a lecturer in
literature at the Hebrew University in 1954.
Her poems are known for their melancholy subjects with positive
messages. Her themes include wounded love as well as a yearning for
love and light. Her work is marked by an aesthetic intellectualism
bordering on modernism.
In addition to her poems, she wrote poems for children, a novel, a
play and was responsible for translating a number of Russian and
French masters into Hebrew.