Contemporary East European Poetry: An Anthology

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Emery Edward George
Oxford University Press, 1993 - East European poetry - 490 pages
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"This ambitious work has long been overdue....An excellent introduction to Slavic and East European poetry."--World Literature Today
Providing a unique window into a poetic tradition little known and little understood in the West, Contemporary East European Poetry features one hundred and sixty poets from ten countries, with works translated from fifteen languages. Emery George, himself a distinguished poet and translator, brings together over five hundred poems, expertly rendered into beautiful English verse by an international group of translators, often working in collaboration with the original authors. Represented are poets from many walks of life, contrasting religious and political outlooks and, most important, poets who work in a wide variety of styles--from traditional forms to the most up-to-date experimental modes. Here are tightly woven Petrarchan sonnets and elegant dramatic monologues alongside the free verse and mathematical experiments of a new generation. In these pages readers will find Nobel laureates (Czeslaw Milosz, Jaroslav Seifert), major poets (Peter Huchel, Vasko Popa), translators of global stature (Michael Hamburger, Ewald Osers), as well as poets virtually unknown in the West. And new to this edition is the work of thirty-two young poets representing eight distinct cultures and a whole new view of life in the former Easter Bloc. Also included are informative introducions to all selections and biographical sketches of each poet.
A gallery of poetic images, Contemporary East European Poetry is the only volume of this scope available. For lovers of poetry and literature interested in a rich tradition so long cut off from the world at large, this rich collection offers a wealth of insights and opportunities for discoveries.
"Praiseworthy....Offers exciting glimpses of poetic worlds still to be fully mapped."--The Times Literary Supplement

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User Review  - Michael.Xolotl - LibraryThing

Excellent for the most part. Some weaker poems and many I didn't like, but that's to be expected in an anthology this size. I suspect some of the translations weren't as good as they should be, but that's merely a suspicion--I have nothing to base it on other than gut feeling. Read full review

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This book originally appeared in 1983 in an Ardis Publishers edition. In this new edition, poet-translator George adds an "update'' section of 32 poets, all born since 1945 and not included in the ... Read full review

Contents

YUGOSLAV
xxiii
Acknowledgements
xxv
Lalic
xxxiv
Maris Caklais
xxxvii
Introduction
li
Uku Masing
10
IvarIvask
24
PaulEerik Rummo
30
Giinter Kunert
177
Heinz Czechowski
185
KurtBartsch
191
CZECHOSLOVAK
199
Vladimir Holan
205
Antonin Bartusek
215
Miroslav Valek
228
Agnes Nemes Nagy
238

Gunars Sarins
43
Imants Ziedonis
59
Henrikas Radauskas
66
Vytautas Bloze
79
Sigitas Geda
93
POLISH
101
Czeshw Mitosz
107
Tymoteusz Karpowicz
116
Miron Biatoszewski
123
Zbigniew Herbert
133
Wiktor Woroszylski
139
Ryszard Krynicki
147
EAST GERMAN
153
Peter Huchel
160
Johannes Bobrowski
167
Hanns Cibulka
174
Anna Hajnal
242
Otto Orban
280
ROMANIAN
293
Virgil Teodorescu
304
Ion Caraion
319
Marin Sorescu
334
Introduction
349
Slavko Mihalic
361
Aco Sopov
367
Lyubomir Levchev
412
Luchezar Elenkov
421
YIDDISH
427
Jacob Glatstein
433
Summer
439
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About the author (1993)


About the Author
Emery George is the author or editor of sixteen books, including seven collections of his own poetry and two volumes of translations of the work of Hungarian Poet Miklose Radnoti.

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