By Gunter Eich, Michael Hofmann, Michael Hofmann
This is the main entire English translation of the paintings of Günter Eich, one of many maximum postwar German poets. the writer of the POW poem ''Inventory,'' between the most well-known lyrics within the German language, Eich used to be rivaled merely via Paul Celan because the top poet within the iteration after Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht. Expertly translated and brought by means of Michael Hofmann, this assortment gathers 80 poems, many drawn from Eich's later paintings and such a lot of them translated right here for the 1st time. the amount additionally comprises 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 during which the ominousness of fairy stories meets the delicacy and suggestiveness of some distance japanese poetry. In his past due poems, he writes usually, movingly, and sometimes wryly of illness and disease. ''To my mind,'' Hofmann writes, ''there's whatever in Eich of Paul Klee's images: either are do-it-yourself, modest in scale, instantly pleasant, artistic, cogent.''
Unjustly ignored in English, Eich unearths his perfect translator here.
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Vor seinen erblindenden Augen schwirren im Sand die Flügel der Sperlinge. Er spürt wie Erinnerungen die Schnur des Fasanenbündels, die in der Friedhofsmauer als Riß erschien, das Beben der Grabsteine, wenn die Raupe buckelt vorm lähmenden Stich, die Verfärbung der Ziegel beim Schrei des sterbenden Maulwurfs. Gelassen vernimmt er das Gerücht aus den Wäldern, die Tore des Paradieses würden geöffnet. 36 T WO IN THE AFTERNO ON The minister’s gray spitz at the sacristy door. Sparrows’ wings scuffle in the dirt in front of his sightless eyes.
Es heißt Geduld haben. Bald wird die Vogelschrift entsiegelt, unter der Zunge ist der Pfennig zu schmecken. 16 END OF SUMMER Who would want to live without the comfort of trees! Aren’t we lucky that they are mortal! The peaches have been picked, the plums are coloring up while time swoops under the bridge. I confide my despair to the bird formations heading south. Calmly they measure out their portion of eternity. Their routes become visible as a dark compulsion in the foliage. The moving of wings colors the fruit.
Auch zwischen den Birnbäumen spielten sie. Die meisten aber hielten sich noch im Wald, über den Schonungen und den Kiesgruben. Sie sind lästig. Lästiger aber sind noch die Matrosen (auch höhere Ränge, Steuerleute, Kapitäne), die vielfach ans offene Fenster kommen und um Feuer bitten für ihren schlechten Tabak. Ich will ausziehen. 32 WHERE I LIVE When I opened the window fishes swam into the room, herrings. A school of them must just have been passing. I saw some playing among the pear trees as well.