The Army of Truth: Selected Poems by Henrik Wergeland

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One of Norway’s most celebrated literary figures of the nineteenth century, Henrik Wergeland worked tirelessly for the civil rights of Jews in Norway. He used the words and structure of his poetry to enliven the ideals of truth, freedom, and equality. This translated volume, containing several of Wergeland’s most prominent poems, beautifully encapsulates the compelling force of his message, allowing its enduring influence to benefit a wider contemporary audience.

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Overview

One of Norway’s most celebrated literary figures of the nineteenth century, Henrik Wergeland worked tirelessly for the civil rights of Jews in Norway. He used the words and structure of his poetry to enliven the ideals of truth, freedom, and equality. This translated volume, containing several of Wergeland’s most prominent poems, beautifully encapsulates the compelling force of his message, allowing its enduring influence to benefit a wider contemporary audience.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Wergeland’s poems on the plight of the Jews will make his struggle known to a broader readership and give the rest of the world access to some of the greatest poems in Norwegian and Scandinavian literature.”—Vigdis Ystad, University of Oslo

“Henrik Wergeland’s battle on behalf of the admission of Jews to Norway and for the equality of man clearly had a decisive significance for the Jews who wished to settle in Norway, but it was also of great importance to Norway’s reputation as a civilized, cultured state. No nation can avoid the judgment of history. And the judgment would have been harsh without Wergeland’s exertions. As a fighter for freedom, Wergeland was a shining example to his contemporaries and a guiding light for the ages to follow.”—Jo Benkow, president of the Norwegian Parliament, 1985–89 and 1989–93

“This timeless poetry has relevance and an important message, not least in our own time.”—Michael Melchior, former Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel, Chief Rabbi of Norway

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299185343
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2011
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Henrik Wergeland (1808–45) was one of the leading figures in Scandinavian Romanticism and ranks as one of Norway’s greatest poets.

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Table of Contents

Foreword    Ragnhild Galtung

Introduction    Dagne Groven Myhren

Chronology

The Army of Truth

The Three

Christmas Eve

On the Sick-Bed

Voice in the Wilderness

The Maple and the Pine

Follow the Call

Wanton Weeds

Briar Shoots

The Jewess

The Women at the Churchyard

The Thistledown Gatherer

Translator's Note    Anne Born

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