Why would Yehuda Amichai write an entire book on the diameter of a bomb and the diameter of its range? Is he trying to convey a message? Is his book, Diameter of the Bomb, a metaphor for something else? One last question: do you think this video is da bomb?
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horrific event he describes
…but he also seems pretty concerned with the minor details.
Why did Amichai feel it necessary to tell us the exact diameter of the bomb…
…and the diameter of its range?
Are we being tested on this stuff later? Perhaps he felt that a bunch of details about
the bomb would help us to really see it…
…so we could envision everything that followed. He eventually expands the diameter to encompass
all of heaven and earth…
…so by making his initial measurements very specific, it makes the magnitude of the ending
seem all the more overwhelming.
Or could it be that Amichai was simply a “numbers guy?”
Check these out:
“The diameter of the bomb was thirty centimeters…”
“…the diameter of its effective range about seven meters”
“…with four dead and eleven wounded.” Seems like maybe this guy was just a big ol’
He could have simply said, “the dead and wounded lay scattered” or something like
But instead, he was more specific than was probably necessary for this piece.
Or maybe he was using that specificity as a device…
…to demonstrate how mind-numbing these scenes of war were to those who experienced them.
By concentrating instead on the minutiae, it allows a witness to hide behind intellectualism…
…and by thinking, they no longer have to feel.
At the beginning of the poem, it’s almost as if the narrator can’t face the reality
of the bodies in front of him…
…and instead has to occupy his mind with numbers and trivial details…
…so he can distract himself from the carnage. What was Amichai’s reasoning?
Was he just creating a meticulous mental image?
Was he Mathlete of the year?
Or was he trying to express what effect the shock of such horrors can have on the human
mind? Shmoop amongst yourselves.
I like panels 8-10