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Dahlia Ravikovitch was born in Ramat Gan, Israel (then the British Mandate of Palestine). When she was six years old, her Russian-born father was killed by a drunk driver. With her mother, Dahlia moved to a kibbutz, but she didn't like collectivist life, and went on to a series of foster homes. At age 18, she married but quickly divorced. After completing national service in the Israeli Defense Forces, Dahlia studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She worked as a journalist and high school teacher, and translated works of W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, and Edgar Allan Poe into Hebrew. Her first original poems appeared in the Hebrew language poetry journal Orlogin (Hourglass) and her first complete book of poetry, The Love of an Orange (1959) established her as one of Israel's leading young native-born poets. Dahlia Ravikovitch published ten volumes of poetry in all, and also wrote prose works, including three collections of short stories and children's literature. Her poems are taught in schools, and several were turned into popular songs. Dahlia Ravikovitch was active in the Israeli peace movement along with other artists, musicians and public figures.
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