By John Taylor
This publication is either a sequel to writer John Taylor’s previous quantity Into the guts of ecu Poetry and whatever diverse. it's a sequel simply because this quantity expands upon the bottom of the former ebook to incorporate many extra ecu poets. it truly is assorted in that it truly is framed through tales within which the writer juxtaposes his own reviews regarding eu poetry or eu poets as he travels via various nations the place the poets have lived or worked.
Taylor explores poetry from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Albania, Romania, Turkey, and Portugal, all of which have been lacking within the past accumulating, analyzes heady verse written in Galician, and provides a major poet born within the Chuvash Republic. His travel via eu poetry additionally provides discoveries from international locations whose languages he reads fluently—Italy, Germany (and German-speaking Switzerland), Greece, and France. Taylor’s version is Valery Larbaud, to whom his feedback, with its liveliness and analytical readability, is frequently compared.
Readers will get pleasure from a renewed discussion with eu poetry, specifically in an age whilst translations are hardly ever reviewed, found in literary journals, or studied in faculties. This e-book, besides Into the guts of ecu Poetry, motivates a discussion via bringing international poetry out of the really expert confines of overseas language departments.
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In Benn’s postwar writing, such effects occur even more often. “No Tears” is representative of the kind of unexpected swells of emotion that can crop up in his verse, especially at the end of poems. Here are the final four stanzas: What good is the luster conferred by European pundits, the great name, the pour le mérite, people who shoot their cuffs and tool on, it’s only the ephemeral that’s beautiful, looking back, the poverty, the frowstiness that didn’t know what it was, sobs, and stands in line for its dole, what a wonderful Hades that takes away the frowst, and the pundits both— please, no tears, no one say: oh, I was so lonesome.
27 A Little Tour through European Poetry But even here, “softness” is perceptible in the final distich. ” opens with two particularly gentle words, suitable for a lullaby or a reassuring remark to a friend; one even hears a distant echo of the noun “Ruh” (peace) found in one of Goethe’s most famous poems, “Über allen Gipfeln / ist Ruh” (“Over all the peaks / Is peace”). Irony also functions here, assuredly, making this concluding emotion more multifaceted or intricate than it might at first seem.
By the way, still standing behind the conservatory is an enormous ginkgo tree that was planted in 1825 and is thus a cousin to the one inspiring the poem of 1815. And there is a ginkgo museum in Weimar, on the corner of the Market Square and Windischenstrasse. More stimulating than these memorials, however, are the poetry quotations painted on various walls. The selection must have been made by an enlightened municipal official with a sense of humor. A sardonic quip by Jules Renard, for example, 33 A Little Tour through European Poetry can be spotted high up on a building.