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Butterfly valley : a requiem

Author: Inger Christensen; Susanna Nied
Publisher: New York : New Directions Pub., ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Butterfly Valley" is a sonnet cycle which describes the glowing color and beauty of butterflies, and also their fragility and mortality. Memory is uncovered in the poem like the fluttering of their wings. In "Watersteps," the fountains and piazzas of Rome coalesce, brought alive in the imagination by the poem's shifting rhythms, lines, and overall structure. In "Poem on Death" the poet seeking immortality faces the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Named Person: Inger Christensen; Inger Christensen
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Inger Christensen; Susanna Nied
ISBN: 0811215792 9780811215794
OCLC Number: 53485254
Description: 70 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Butterfly valley --
Watersteps --
Poem of death --
Meeting.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Inger Christensen ; translated by Susanna Nied.
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"Butterfly Valley" is a sonnet cycle which describes the glowing color and beauty of butterflies, and also their fragility and mortality. Memory is uncovered in the poem like the fluttering of their wings. In "Watersteps," the fountains and piazzas of Rome coalesce, brought alive in the imagination by the poem's shifting rhythms, lines, and overall structure. In "Poem on Death" the poet seeking immortality faces the whiteness of the page as the blankness of death: "it feels so odd/ immodest to think/ about death when no one/ you know has died/ it means that each time/ you look at yourself in the mirror/ you look death in the eye/ without crying/ like a clear and fully/ comprehensible answer/ but to questions/ you dare not ask." "Meeting," written in extended sections, describes a "coming together," yet examines our failure to connect and the ability of language to overcome this.

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