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The early poetry of Jaroslav Seifert

Author: Jaroslav Seifert; Dana Loewy
Publisher: Evanston, Ill. : Hydra Books : Northwestern University Press, 1997.
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Seifert's poetry is strongly situated within the Czech literary tradition of Poetism, which evolved into a playful, lighthearted refuge from world history while maintaining an edge of social consciousness. The playfulness of Seifert's early poetry expresses itself in anecdotes and witty aphorisms, and relies importantly on such sound patterns as alliteration, assonance, and euphony. Dana Loewy's adept translations  Read more...
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Seifert, Jaroslav, 1901-1986.
Early poetry of Jaroslav Seifert.
Evanston, Ill. : Hydra Books : Northwestern University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)605299558
Online version:
Seifert, Jaroslav, 1901-1986.
Early poetry of Jaroslav Seifert.
Evanston, Ill. : Hydra Books : Northwestern University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)605299572
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jaroslav Seifert; Dana Loewy
ISBN: 081011383X 9780810113831
OCLC Number: 36597751
Language Note: Translated from the Czech.
Description: xxiv, 221 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: City in tears --
Sheer love --
On the waves of TSF --
The nightingale sings poorly.
Other Titles: Poems.
Jaroslav Seifert
Responsibility: translated by Dana Loewy.

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Seifert's poetry is strongly situated within the Czech literary tradition of Poetism, which evolved into a playful, lighthearted refuge from world history while maintaining an edge of social consciousness. The playfulness of Seifert's early poetry expresses itself in anecdotes and witty aphorisms, and relies importantly on such sound patterns as alliteration, assonance, and euphony. Dana Loewy's adept translations maintain the play and verve of Seifert's originals: the sensuality, eroticism, Epicureanism, and humor of Seifert's work is stunningly evident. Beyond its obvious aesthetic interest, Seifert's early poetry also has a specific historical value as a manifestation of the avant-grade in the Europe of the 1920s and 1930s. Loewy's perceptive introduction to the volume provides a historical and cultural context for Seifert's work.

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