Poet Dalia Rabikovitch Dies at 69

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Renowned Hebrew poet and Israel Prize laureate Dalia Rabikovitch was found dead in her Tel Aviv home yesterday. Rabikovitch suffered from depression, and had tried to commit suicide a number of times in the past.

Her husband and son called for an ambulance after they found her unconscious on the floor. The ambulance staff pronounced her dead on arrival.

Rabikovitch was born in Ramat Gan in 1936. She studied at Kibbutz Geva and in Haifa, and received a degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She then began writing poetry during her military service in the 1950s.

Her early poems were published in the "Orlion" magazine, edited by Avraham Shlonsky.

"Dalia Rabikovitch is one of the main pillars of Hebrew poetry," wrote the committee that decided to award her the Israel Prize in 1999. "Her songs are a personal testament of solitude, forbidden love and a desperate struggle for existence, while at the same time expressing universal truths and the experiences of many."

In addition to winning the Israel Prize, Rabikovitch won the Bialik prize.

Rabikovitch was a vociferous opponent of Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon.

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