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By John Taylor

This e-book is either a sequel to writer John Taylor’s prior quantity Into the guts of ecu Poetry and anything various. it's a sequel simply because this quantity expands upon the bottom of the former e-book to incorporate many extra ecu poets. it's various in that it really is framed through tales during which the writer juxtaposes his own stories concerning eu poetry or ecu poets as he travels via diversified 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 prior accumulating, analyzes heady verse written in Galician, and provides a huge poet born within the Chuvash Republic. His journey via ecu 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 usually compared.

Readers will take pleasure in a renewed discussion with ecu poetry, particularly in an age while translations are hardly ever reviewed, found in literary journals, or studied in colleges. This ebook, in addition to Into the center of eu Poetry, motivates a discussion by way of bringing overseas poetry out of the really good confines of overseas language departments.

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Can any kind of coherence indeed be found? Time and again, he is faced with debris, weeds (like nettles), odd objects (tin cans form a leitmotif ), and sometimes his own physical infirmities (on which he gazes with sarcastic self-detachment). These sharp details not only have historical and sociological meaning but also and especially existential significance. “It might be that the whole of existence is being reordered,” he states in “Minor Repair,” and recording the preexistent disorder certainly plays an integral role in his poetic approach.

Although by no means forming a 43 A Little Tour through European Poetry group, they share affinities, notably skepticism about the justification of writing, a predilection for elliptical or fragmentary forms, a desire to peer through the appearances of the natural world, and an openness to ontological or metaphysical riddles. What strikes me with these and a few other Swiss poets mentioned in this article is their honesty and their absence of irony. Is this because of their mountain experiences?

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”?

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