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The poetry of Jaroslav Seifert

Author: Jaroslav Seifert; Ewald Osers; George Gibian
Publisher: North Haven, CT : Catbird Press, ©1998.
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In 1984, Jaroslav Seifert (1901-1986) was the first Czech to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Although Seifert lived through the many historic turns of his homeland, his was not a political poetry, except in its constant expression of love for his homeland, its beauties and its values. He was the great poet of Prague, of love, of the senses. His work was unpretentious, lyrical yet irreverent, earthy, charming.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jaroslav Seifert; Ewald Osers; George Gibian
ISBN: 0945774397 9780945774396
OCLC Number: 37712970
Description: 255 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Opening Poem --
Sinful City --
A Song About Girls --
Red-Hot Fruit --
Honeymoon --
Philosophy --
The Fan --
Moscow --
Apple Tree with Cobweb Strings --
Panorama --
Dance of the Girls' Chemises --
Song --
Prague --
Wet Picture --
November 1918 --
Parting --
The Wax Candle --
A Hundred Times Nothing --
Dialogue --
Funeral Under My Window --
Transformations --
The Year 1934 --
The Hands of Venus --
Spanish Vineyards --
Salute to the Madrid Barricades --
You have skin pale like a snowdrop ... --
Robed in Light (first canto) --
Song of the Native Land --
To Prague --
At the Tomb of the Czech Kings --
When in the history books ... --
The Dead of Lidice --
How painful I would find it ... --
Lovers, those evening pilgrims ... --
Sometimes we are tied down ... --
If one could tell one's heart ... --
Reluctant whispers of kissed lips ... --
Song of the Sweepings --
A Song at the End --
Halley's Comet --
St. George's Basilica --
The Dome of the Observatory --
Prologue --
Once only ... --
If you call poetry ... --
At one of his readings ... --
The Cry of the Spectres --
Place of Pilgrimage --
Canal Gardens --
The Plague Column --
Merry-Go-Round with White Swan --
A Chaplet of Sage --
The Model --
Nocturnal Darkness --
The Striking of the Tower Clock --
Birds' Voices in the Tree Tops --
In an Empty Room --
The Song of the Nightingale --
The Smoke of Marijuana --
And Now Goodbye --
Autobiography --
The Hunt for the Kingfisher --
Fingerprints --
Silence Full of Sleighbells --
The Head of the Virgin Mary --
Mr. Krosing's Top Hat --
A Garland on the Wrist --
Lost Paradise --
Window on Birds' Wings --
Berthe Soucaret --
The Mistress of Poets --
A Visit to the Painter Vladimir Komarek --
A Prospect of Prague --
Lunar Ironmongery --
Struggle with the Angel --
An Umbrella from Piccadilly --
The Royal Pavilion --
November Rain --
Fragment of a Letter --
Four Small Windows --
The Grave of Signor Casanova --
To Be a Poet --
The Bombing of the Town of Kralupy --
Verses from an Old Tapestry --
A Bach Concerto --
Nocturnal Divertimento --
View from Charles Bridge --
Our Lady of Zizkov --
The Relay Tower --
Demolition Report --
Song from an Intermezzo --
Lines for the Painter Ota Janecek --
On My Parents --
The Schoolboy and the Prostitute --
How I Became a Poet --
Publication of My Third Book --
On Hasek, Author of The Good Soldier Svejk --
A Day in the Country --
On Teige: A Danse Macabre in Smichov --
A Few Minutes Before Execution: May 1945 --
A Meeting After the War --
An Interview About the Art of Writing
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: translated from the Czech by Ewald Osers ; edited and with prose translations by George Gibian.

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In 1984, Jaroslav Seifert (1901-1986) was the first Czech to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Although Seifert lived through the many historic turns of his homeland, his was not a political poetry, except in its constant expression of love for his homeland, its beauties and its values. He was the great poet of Prague, of love, of the senses. His work was unpretentious, lyrical yet irreverent, earthy, charming. Seifert was known for the simplicity of his verse, yet his poems are full of surprises, never what at first they seem. They are marked by imagery that is beautiful or comical, by good, deep values, and by love in all its forms. This is a collection of poetry written throughout his life.

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