By Gunter Eich, Michael Hofmann, Michael Hofmann
This is the main finished English translation of the paintings of Günter Eich, one of many maximum postwar German poets. the writer of the POW poem ''Inventory,'' between some of the most well-known lyrics within the German language, Eich used to be rivaled in basic terms via Paul Celan because the top poet within the iteration after Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht. Expertly translated and brought by way of Michael Hofmann, this assortment gathers 80 poems, many drawn from Eich's later paintings and so much of them translated the following for the 1st time. the quantity additionally contains the unique German texts on dealing with pages.
As an early member of ''Gruppe 47'' (from which Günter Grass and Heinrich Böll later shot to prominence), Eich (1907-72) used to be on the forefront of an attempt to revive German as a language for poetry after the vitriol, propaganda, and lies of the 3rd Reich. brief and transparent, those are undying poems within which the ominousness of fairy stories meets the delicacy and suggestiveness of some distance jap poetry. In his past due poems, he writes usually, movingly, and infrequently wryly of illness and disorder. ''To my mind,'' Hofmann writes, ''there's whatever in Eich of Paul Klee's photos: either are selfmade, modest in scale, instantly pleasant, artistic, cogent.''
Unjustly ignored in English, Eich unearths his excellent translator here.
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25 WEG ZUM BAHNHOF Noch schweigt die Fabrik, verödet im Mondschein. Das Frösteln des Morgens wollt ich gewohnt sein! Rechts in der Jacke die Kaffeeflasche, die frierende Hand in der Hosentasche, so ging ich halb schlafend zum Sechsuhrzug, mich griffe kein Trauern, ich wär mir genug. Nun aber rührt der warme Hauch aus den Bäckerein mein Herz an wie eine Zärtlichkeit und ich kann nicht gelassen sein. 26 WA Y T O T H E S T A T I O N The factory is still silent, bleak in the moonlight. I thought I was used to the shiver of early morning!
Outside the wind goes on on its way.
Ungetrennt bleiben darin die Orte der Welt, nicht vermessen und unauffindbar. Der Zug aber treibt an Gunzenhausen und Ansbach und an Mondlandschaften der Erinnerung – der sommerlich gewesene Gesang der Frösche von Ornbau – vorbei. 22 MUNICH-FRANKFURT EXPRESS Bridge over the Danube at Ingolstadt, the Altmühl valley, slates at Solnhofen, connections at Treuchtlingen— and in between forests in which autumn is a bonfire, roads going out into pain, clouds reminiscent of conversations, flashing by villages built of my desire to grow old in the vicinity of your voice.