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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16Focusing on Jewish Popular Culture and Its Afterlife$
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Michael C. Steinlauf and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774730

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774730.001.0001

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Paper Bridges: Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky

Paper Bridges: Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky

Paper Bridges: Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 16

Kadya Molodowsky

Kathryn Hellerstein

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at Paper Bridges: Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky. In Paper Bridges, the poet, translator, and Yiddish scholar Kathryn Hellerstein has selected poems from the six books of Yiddish poetry which Kadya Molodowsky published between 1924 and 1974. In her introduction, Hellerstein mentions that, according to Jewish legend, when the messiah comes, the Jews will cross into paradise over a paper bridge. Molodowsky's use of this folk motif as a theme in her poetry exemplifies its double character, which embraces both social realism and messianic utopianism. The poems are presented in their original Yiddish version and in precise, often evocative, translations. Endnotes elucidate ambiguous meanings of Yiddish words. This allows the reader to partake in some of the choices Hellerstein faced as translator.

Keywords:   Kathryn Hellerstein, Yiddish poetry, Kadya Molodowsky, Jewish legend, social realism, messianic utopianism, Jews, paper bridge, messiah

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