The Personal and the Political in Dahlia Ravikovitch’s Mother with Child

Nurit Buchweitz


This article examines Dahlia Ravikovitch's book Mother with Child (1992), which comprises twenty-five poems largely divided into political and personal ones, whose common ground is motherhood. The personal and the political, the public and the domestic are intertwined, both thematically and poetically. They are reflected in the book in such aspects as structure, imagery, vocabulary, rhetorical situation, and point-of-view. The article further maintains that in Mother with Child, while the political protest against Israeli policy towards the Palestinians is plainly addressed and apparent, the domestic issues contain an implicit, subdued dimension of gender politics. Additionally, the personal poems in the book suggest that it is easier for Ravikovitch to identify with the victim than to identify herself as one.

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