Born in 993, Shemeul lived many lives: merchant, Arabic calligrapher, political advisor to a Beber king in Spain, eventually commander of the Moslem king's army. Along the way, he introduced many formal innovations to Hebrew Poetry, Nearly 1000 years later, Yehudah Amichai (borh Ludwig Pfeuffer) moved with his family from Nazi Germany to British Mandate Palestine. Amichai would go on to write remarkable contemporary Hebrew Poetry. In this Idea Factory presentation, Dr. Louis Finkelman will explain some of the surprising connections between these two poets, separated by a millennium.