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The invention of poetry : selected poems

Author: Adam Czerniawski; Iain Macleod Higgins
Publisher: Cambridge : Salt, 2005.
Series: Salt modern poets in translation.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats

Majestic, universal, and supremely cultured, Czerniawski's lyrical poems remain wonderfully accessible in Higgins' new English translations. As Czerniawski says, "This book is not a text-book on  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Named Person: Adam Czerniawski; Adam Czerniawski
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Czerniawski; Iain Macleod Higgins
ISBN: 1844710912 9781844710911
OCLC Number: 62673753
Description: xvii, 147 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction by Iain Higgins Author's Note Part I The Invention of Poetry Pentagram Teatro Della Guerra A View of Delft Concerning the Internal Contradictions of Classical Solid Geometry Hunting the Unicorn Mythology Man Science Fiction Evening, or a Field of Vision Transformation of Matter Spring Towards Evening Paul Klee: A Gloss Part II Cape of False Hope Petrol, or Life in Zarnowiec Interior Topography Knowledge by Description Gaunilo's Island Self-judgement First Snow Somewhere Near Babylon Incident in a Valley Incident in a Temple Incident in Heaven Fragment Listening to a Schubert Quartet Knowledge and Experience Oxford Landscape with No King Words and Dust Part III Poetry Lesson Stripping Last Poem Discourse on Poetry Lingua Adamica The City Yesterday and Today Cleaning an Old Poem Babylon II St Sebastian From an Album Family Portrait Token of Remembrance Part IV Golden Age Apparently in 1911 Seaside Holiday You and I Ode to Youth Provocation Broadstairs 1937 A Wasp in the Beer Love Infinitely And the Pleached Medlars of Oxborough Hall A Small Elegy Suddenly Part V Ex Libris Girl at the Window Words Durobrivae, Or Rochester Desolation Sound, Or the Voice of Despair Aschurbanipal and Others The Ages Speak, Or What's New in History? Death In Memoriam Max Sebald (1944-2001) Part VI Sir David Ross Lectures on Aristotle's Politics Noise and a Definition Bavaria, 1956 Loop At the End of the Twentieth Century And Above Him The Moral Order of the Starry Heaven Veiled for the Moment by the Sun's Afterglow Mirrors and Reflections In the Order of an English Landscape For the Muses' Return
Series Title: Salt modern poets in translation.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Adam Czerniawski ; translated from the Polish by Iain Higgins.


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The last poem in the collection, "For the Muses Return', serves as Czerniawski's summa poetica in the way it combines his characteristic attitudes of self-assertion and self-effacement. The poem Read more...

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