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Yehuda Amichai: Past, Present, Future Alexander Muhr SID# - 4890814915 ARLT-100 Prof. Fishbane Assignment #3 April 26, 2006 “And Time doesn’t break for me, it keeps on rollin’.” - Boston, Long Time i
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Time is an idea that humans created to measure past, present and future events to juxtapose them against one another. Yehuda Amichai, the theological poet, realizes this fact but at the same time makes the reader take into account of the idea that religion and the search for spirituality takes a journey across the border of time. In his book of poetry, Open Closed Open , he helps us with creating our own sense of the correlation between past and present by taking us on a figurative journey into the past, present and future, all the while forcing us to think of our own personal situation. Time is not the only theme that Amichai mentions. He indirectly references the theological idea of the Via Negativa, where one is never allowed to mention what God is, but only what he is not. In Open Closed Open we are confronted with the idea that these are two different dimensions of experience, and the journey of into one’s self. On the one hand when we are open, we are alive, and then when closed, we are in death. But then we are all of a sudden open again where we live again even though we are dead, as in the title. With time, the “now,” or better said the present, is always with the soul; past, present and future. “the Now is always with me, wherever I go is the Now, as in the solar system, past and future and I – always turning, returning. The Now is the sun, the Now is eternity. Change is God. And those other days turned into Otherness.” (Amichai ii
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31) The progression of time is something that we are used to measuring with a watch or a timer so that we can be on time for class or any sort of meeting. Amichai is trying to convey that this does not pertain to people searching for inner peace or religious satisfaction. In this passage and throughout the poems Amichai wrote, time, to him, is the same in the past and the same in the present, even though they might not seem to be the same. There is a circular motion to everything, as with the universe, and with time. This means that time is cyclical, in which events are actually the same when they reappear, although they might be in a different form. The human body is born one day and dies the next, but there is always a new one born the same day, so therefore time is something that is always a “Now.” Even if one does not believe in the afterlife as a continuation of this cycle, there is no denying the cyclical nature of life itself. Time does not actually move, it is the people that move time for their own use, to realize their own presence of being and use it to feel out their spirituality in knowing that this cycle is continuous. When he says, “Chang is God,”
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