A Little Tour through European Poetry by John Taylor

By John Taylor

This e-book is either a sequel to writer John Taylor’s previous quantity Into the guts of eu Poetry and anything diverse. it's a sequel simply because this quantity expands upon the bottom of the former booklet to incorporate many extra ecu poets. it really is varied in that it really is framed by means of tales during which the writer juxtaposes his own reviews concerning eu poetry or eu poets as he travels via various international locations the place the poets have lived or worked.

Taylor explores poetry from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Albania, Romania, Turkey, and Portugal, all of that have been lacking within the past amassing, analyzes heady verse written in Galician, and offers a major poet born within the Chuvash Republic. His journey via ecu poetry additionally provides discoveries from nations 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 usually compared.

Readers will get pleasure from a renewed discussion with eu poetry, specially in an age whilst translations are hardly ever reviewed, found in literary journals, or studied in colleges. This e-book, in addition to Into the guts of eu Poetry, motivates a discussion via bringing international poetry out of the really expert confines of international language departments.

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Whereas Brecht’s verse is often succinct, paradoxical, and simple in diction, with an emphasis on political and social satire, Benn’s sometimes equally satirical—or rather, sardonic—poetry has a much richer lexical texture and more original syntactic structures. The Wallace Stevens analogy can be pursued further because of their converging poetics. The two men share a liking for cognitive leaps and sharp imagery with a cultural sting to it. Might not the following lines be called “inverted Stevensian”?

G. Sebald wove narratives out of a similar kind of material. Faced with Eich’s sparse lines, the reader spins the narratives—Eich’s or his own. Nevertheless, there is a sense here in which writing is perhaps one of the few acts that can potentially tie such disparateness together, provided that it remains modest, allusive, and unembellished. What Eich ironically terms “long poems” actually have only a few lines. ” Succinct (though “fiery”) poems thus vie for a place in this world of ruins and appear as substantial as rats and sap.

How incredible, in a Christian context, to view the soul in this way: as essentially one with our sense impressions, that is, more precisely, with our awareness of ourselves in the process of undergoing sense 46 The Italian Poets Are Coming! impressions. ” A real discovery for us in English, Betocchi is an at once down-to-earth and philosophically minded poet who also wrote some moving love poetry (about his musician wife, Emilia). He can now be read alongside the better known Hermeticists, especially Mario Luzi (whose fascinating Earthly and Heavenly Journey of Simone Martini was translated not too long ago at Green Integer).

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