One of Scandinavia’s most honored poets, veteran Danish writer Christensen originally published her book-length Alphabet 20 years ago to great acclaim; this . Inger Christensen () was both a virtuoso and a paradox. Her fiction, drama, essays and children’s books won her wide acclaim in Denmark and other . Inger Christensen’s alphabet is built up under two formal constraints. It is an alphabetical sequence: each of the fourteen sections essentially begins with a.

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Inger Christensen draws this haunting, close-to-the-nose-of-mortality tone throughout the book. Guided by a fertile blend of mathematical and grammatical principles, Christensen uses this book’s slim page length to construct an astonishingly intricate world from How is it possible that Danish poet Inger Christensen did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature?? Speaking of repetition, I slphabet the recurring use of the word “exist” to be soothing, like the lapping of waves on a beach.

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The English translation surprisingly maintained a lot of the alliteration and, alphaber when it didn’t, the translator’s choice of words still felt purposeful, weighty, and poetically luscious. That said, it was a fairly constraining form which would have been made even more difficult given that it was a translation.

After her trek through beauty and destruction, Christensen seems to take refuge in the natural world, and find sense in nature amidst all the senselessness of human killing and hate. Even so, the translated piece kept with the fibonacci sequence and alphabet patterns. I don’t generally read a lot of poetry at a sitting, but I read this book almost straight through granted, it’s very short and enjoyed it a lot.

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I need to read it a few more times to grasp what’s actually going on, but I liked the way it gradually coalesced towards something resembling a plot, and I just generally thought it was good poetry. Christensen has also been known internationally since the appearance of the long poem “Det” ; “it”a form of creative report on the merger of language and the world, which centres around the single word “it” and covers more than two hundred pages.

Nov 23, Richelle Wilson rated it it was amazing. I immensely admire the translator, though I have to wonder how much s he had to change to turn the original into good English poetry. Alphabet deals with themes of nuclear war and ecological devastation. De smukkeste smukkeste digte.

It would be interesting to see how much the work changed in the different steps of translation. As its title suggests, this book is loosely structured around the alphabet: There is a constant echoing, but not clumsy or overbearing; just enough to convincingly bind the fragmented sections of the poem.

Then, I alphqbet to decipher and come to like a bit of this abecedeariousness. Nov 13, C. Inger touches on a lot of deeper psychological themes throughout this book, which many annoy or further engage the reader. Mar 05, Caleb added it Shelves: I would love to do I don’t generally read a lot of poetry at a sitting, but I read this book almost chrstensen through granted, it’s very short and enjoyed it a lot.

Inger Christensen was born in Vejle, Denmark, in However, there are moments when she seems to sense that language is equally pregnant with the possibility of being meaningless even “namelessness has a name” or christeensen violent.

Christensen first became known to a wider Inger Christensen was born in Vejle, Denmark, in D Har man bare lidt kendskab til dansk litteratur i det May 02, Marco rated it really liked it. Although she has also written a novel, chgistensen, essays, radio plays, a drama and an opera libretto, Christensen is primarily known for her linguistically skilled and powerful poetry.

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I’m probably missing ingeg ton in the structure of it, not just the Fibonacci series structure [the importance of the Fibonacci numbers in nature is fascinating by the way] but the repetitions and echoes. The poem starts as a celebration of the natural world but the threats to it soon become apparent and whilst ‘apricot trees exist’ so do ‘atom bombs exist’.

The analogy between the development of poetic language and the growth of life is, as in “Det”, alphabwt the basic motif of the volume of poetry “Alfabet” ; Alphabet. She shares with the reader the tragedies and threats that have destroyed, threatened, and damaged the things she loves and admires.

Archived from the original on December 9, Books by Chfistensen Christensen. I read this in brief segments over the course of a few months. The poem starts out simply enough: Refresh and try again. I read this in brief segments over the course of a few months. After exploring the horrors and atrocities of human conflict, Christensen decidedly moves into a life in harmony with the natural world.

The book’s first section is only one line long: Alphabet Inger Christensen Alphaet preview available – I read Inger Christensen’s Alfabet as part of my graduate reading list, in part as a study in form and in part because it is a great example of ecocritical poetry. I was entirely wrong–Christensen’s work is delicate and flowing, weaved with beautiful, specific language.

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