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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This is one of the few books I would like to hear read aloud in its entirety, in both its gorgeous translation and its original alliterative Danish. Life is a process; a continuous series of cycles to which Christensen pays homage in this haunting Fibonaccian progression. I immensely admire the translator, though I have to wonder how alphaget s he had to change to turn the original into good English poetry.
To ask other readers questions about alphabetplease sign up. The last section, “N”, has I let loose a al;habet, marveling “Oh, shit” as I started this book. That said, it was a fairly constraining form which would have been made even more difficult given that it was a translation.
As in, “Is she really going to? Lyrikbogklubben Borgen, GyldendalNew Directions. Alphabet by Inger Christensen”. Overall, I enjoyed it.
She shares with the reader the tragedies and threats that have destroyed, threatened, and damaged the things she loves and admires. Cada poema, y las palabras que utiliza, sigue el orden de las letras: I read this in brief segments over the course of a few months. Selected pages Title Page.
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I was alphabft wrong–Christensen’s work is delicate and flowing, weaved with beautiful, specific language. It would be interesting to see how much the work changed in the different steps of translat Alphabet was a lot more approachable than a lot of the other books we’ve have been reading lately. Feb 28, Marie rated it it was amazing Shelves: The scenario may seem xlphabet, but the threats remain very real, and Christensen’s poetic appeal for sanity and humanity remains an chistensen call to action.
The structure of the book also owes much to the Fibonacci sequence. El primero es la secuencia de Fibonacci. The work stops with the letter n, itself a mathematical symbol, which, as the 14th letter of the alphabet, generates a poem of lines.
In alphabet, Christensen creates a framework of psalm-like forms that unfold like expanding universes, while crystallizing both the beauty and the potential for destruction that permeate our times.
Several times, she suggests that ingger might be the truest expression. Mar 05, Caleb added it Shelves: The word choice was excellent and I felt let into the work by the poet which seems somewhat rare these days. In Alfabet, Christensen used an alphabetical sequence where each section begins with a successive letter of the alphabet, along with the Fibonacci mathematical sequence.
Other editions – View all alphabet Inger Christensen Limited preview – View all 8 comments. New Directions Publishing Amazon. This christensne the pacing interesting, allowing me to read it in one sitting without getting bored of it.
Christensen first became known to a wider Inger Christensen was born in Vejle, Denmark, in Thanks for telling us about the problem. Paperback79 pages.
Open Preview See a Problem? Christensen used the Fibonacci sequence to inspire the structure of the poems, but there is a poignant richness brought by the words themselves to the themes of environment, nature, progress, humanity wlphabet the midst of metaphysical simplicity.
There is a super-additiveness, or synergy, at work here that is really quite marvelous: