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 diversified. it's a sequel simply because this quantity expands upon the bottom of the former publication to incorporate many extra ecu poets. it truly is diverse in that it's framed through tales during which the writer juxtaposes his own studies regarding ecu poetry or ecu poets as he travels via diverse 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 collecting, analyzes heady verse written in Galician, and offers a huge poet born within the Chuvash Republic. His journey via eu 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 take pleasure in a renewed discussion with ecu poetry, specially in an age whilst translations are infrequently reviewed, found in literary journals, or studied in colleges. This publication, in addition to Into the guts of ecu Poetry, motivates a discussion by means of bringing international poetry out of the really expert confines of international language departments.
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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. ” So our experience of the world is less disjointed than we thought; essential potential connections have survived and subsist. This too constitutes a kind of limbo state. Not surprisingly, Eich wrote postcard poems. He was not the only twentieth-century writer to realize that this epistolary genre can be eminently literary.
We discuss our respective problems all together in a morning and then in an afternoon collective workshop led by Jaccottet’s German cotranslator, Elisabeth Edl, and by the Swiss-French critic and translator Marion Graf. What do translators talk about when they talk about translation? Semicolons? Yes. Future anterior verb tenses? Yes. The polysemous French noun “usage” in the title of Bouvier’s travel writing classic L’Usage du monde (1963), rendered in English as The Way of the World? Yes. The semantic resonance of Jaccottet’s recurrent verb “dérober,” not to mention the unexpected difficulties caused by a word like “espace”?
Cendrars was instrumental in introducing colloquial speech into French poetry (with his “Prose du Transsibérien et de la petite Jeanne de France,” dating back to 1913, as the outstanding example), and Novarina remains one of the boldest contemporary experimenters with language. Between these two poles, what stands out among several other poets comprised in La Poésie en Suisse Romande and the other two anthologies is much less linguistic experimentation than a finely tuned sensitivity to the impalpable, to mysteries apparently lying beyond the reach of words.
A Little Tour through European Poetry by John Taylor