The Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert by George GibianThe Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert by George Gibian

The Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert

EditorGeorge GibianTranslated byEwald Osers

Paperback | May 1, 1998

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This is the best translated and largest edition of poetry by the Czechs' only Nobel Prize–winning poet, Jaroslav Seifert (he won the prize in 1984 and died in 1986). The poetry is surprising in its simplicity, sensual, thoughtful, moving, comic in turns. Author Milan Kundera has called this collection “the tangible expression of the nation’s genius.”
Title:The Poetry of Jaroslav SeifertFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.76 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Catbird Press

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ISBN - 10:0945774397

ISBN - 13:9780945774396

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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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“These are simply marvelous poems ... What I find truly valuable about Osers' translations ... is the way he renders the surprising variety of Seifert's images, and the way that he catches the breathtaking suddenness of the poet's coiled metaphors.”  —New York Press