Friday, January 08, 2016

Word of the day: sacralize

The word of the day is sacralize:

  1. to make sacred; imbue with sacred character, especially through ritualized devotion: a society that sacralized science.


"In his weaker writing, there creeps into the verse a slightly reflexive, choric fatalism, a sacralizing of the land’s conflicts, in which Israel is evoked as a place haplessly soaked in thousands of years of religious strife: “In my land, called holy, / they won’t let eternity be: / they’ve divided it into little religions, / zoned it for God-zones.” But who, in these words, is “they”? “Jewish history and world history / grind me between them,” he writes, as if the soldier-poet, who helped found his nation, lacked all political agency."

 - James Wood, "Like a prayer: the poetry of Yehuda Amichai", 4 January 2016 The New Yorker (

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