Angina Days: Selected Poems

Angina Days Selected Poems This is the most comprehensive English translation of the work of Gunter Eich one of the greatest postwar German poets The author of the POW poem Inventory among one of the most famous lyrics in the

  • Title: Angina Days: Selected Poems
  • Author: Günter Eich Michael Hofmann
  • ISBN: 9780691144979
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Angina Days: Selected Poems

    This is the most comprehensive English translation of the work of Gunter Eich, one of the greatest postwar German poets The author of the POW poem Inventory, among one of the most famous lyrics in the German language, Eich was rivaled only by Paul Celan as the leading poet in the generation after Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht Expertly translated and introduced by MThis is the most comprehensive English translation of the work of Gunter Eich, one of the greatest postwar German poets The author of the POW poem Inventory, among one of the most famous lyrics in the German language, Eich was rivaled only by Paul Celan as the leading poet in the generation after Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht Expertly translated and introduced by Michael Hofmann, this collection gathers eighty poems, many drawn from Eich s later work and most of them translated here for the first time The volume also includes the original German texts on facing pages.As an early member of Gruppe 47 from which Gunter Grass and Heinrich Boll later shot to prominence , Eich 1907 72 was at the vanguard of an effort to restore German as a language for poetry after the vitriol, propaganda, and lies of the Third Reich Short and clear, these are timeless poems in which the ominousness of fairy tales meets the delicacy and suggestiveness of Far Eastern poetry In his late poems, he writes frequently, movingly, and often wryly of infirmity and illness To my mind, Hofmann writes, there s something in Eich of Paul Klee s pictures both are homemade, modest in scale, immediately delightful, inventive, cogent Unjustly neglected in English, Eich finds his ideal translator here.

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    1. Amy

      Gunter Eich was a German poet who lived 1907-1972 and who was known for the simplicity of his poems. Translator Michael Hofmann presents a unique picture of Eich in his introduction to Angina Days (a title in reference to his health in later years). In some cases, an introduction reveals too much and tries to interpret too much. Hofmann’s biography of Eich resists that and instead focuses on Eich’s personal life and allows the reader to contemplate and define the poetry on their own. He call [...]

    2. Cooper Renner

      The earliest poems and the long uncollected poem "Dreams" are significantly less interesting than the rest of the poems selected here and translated by Hofmann. Sly, funny, acerbic, sometimes almost inscrutable. I remember working up a version of "Where I live" when I was very young--Eich was part of the curriculum of one of my German classes. (Not that I can read the German anymore!)

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