First Feminist Hebrew Poet

Two poems are reprinted by Rachel Morfurgo (1790-1871), who was the first modem female (and feminist) Hebrew poet and lived in Trieste, Italy. She wrote when she couldn’t sleep at night, or when she finished her chores caring for her husband and four children. Many of her poems were written for occasions, some have an angry edge. She didn’t have Virginia Woolf’s “room of her own.”

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