(1936 - 2005)
Born in Ramat Gan, Dalia Rabikovitch was educated on Kibbutz Geva,
went to high school in Haifa, and then studied at the Hebrew
University. She taught high school for a number of years.
Her early poems appeared in the 1950s in Hebrew poet Avraham
Shlonsky's journal, Orlogin. In addition to her poetry,
Rabikovitch has written some prose as well as several children's'
books. She has translated poetry by William Butler Yeats, Edgar
Allan Poe and T.S. Eliot into Hebrew, as well as the children's'
story, Mary Poppins.
After the war
in Lebanon (1982), she became active in the Israeli
Her early poems were romantic, complete with the lure
of exotic, distant places. Love and lust are occasionally
overwhelming in her poetry. She also wrote about
mythological figures, including palaces and kings,
dream worlds and fairy tales, magic and witchcraft.
Her later work was marked by satire and sarcasm with
free-flowing language that becomes almost colloquial.
At the center of all her poems is a speaker with
great sensitivity who conveys a fervent intellectualism
and deep emotional perception.
is one of the main pillars of Hebrew poetry,” wrote
the committee that decided to award her the Israel
Prize in 1999. “Her songs are a personal
testament of solitude, forbidden love and a desperate
struggle for existence, while at the same time
expressing universal truths and the experiences
In addition to winning
the Israel Prize, Rabikovitch won the Bialik prize.
Rabikovitch was found dead
in her Tel Aviv home on August 22, 2005.
Rabikovitch suffered from depression, and had tried
to commit suicide a number of times in the past.
(August 22, 2005); Joint
Authority for Jewish Zionist Education