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Awater

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The poetry of Martinus Nijhoff (1894-1953) was distinguished by clarity of language combined with mystical content. His masterpiece ‘Awater’, written in 1934, is the most important Dutch poem of the 20th century.

This edition of ‘Awater’ features three English translations, made at different periods, for comparison. As well as the Dutch text, it includes excerpts from a lecture by the poet on the origins of ‘Awater’, an essay on the first translation of the poem by Daan van der ...

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Overview

The poetry of Martinus Nijhoff (1894-1953) was distinguished by clarity of language combined with mystical content. His masterpiece ‘Awater’, written in 1934, is the most important Dutch poem of the 20th century.

This edition of ‘Awater’ features three English translations, made at different periods, for comparison. As well as the Dutch text, it includes excerpts from a lecture by the poet on the origins of ‘Awater’, an essay on the first translation of the poem by Daan van der Vat, which quotes from his fascinating correspondence about the poem with Nijhoff; and an essay by the most recent translator, David Colmer. It concludes with an essay by the leading Nijhoff specialist, Wiljan van den Akker, which illuminates key elements of the poem in the context of modernism.

Thomas Möhlmann is a poet who works for The Dutch Foundation for Literature in Amsterdam. Wiljan van den Akker is a distinguished professor of Modern Dutch Literature at Utrecht University whose special field is modernist poetry in an international context.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856464072
  • Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Möhlmann, born in 1975, is a highly regarded Dutch poet who works for the The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature in Amsterdam.

Wiljan van den Akker, born 1954, graduated from Utrecht University with a dissertation on Martinus Nijhoff. He is a distinguished professor of Modern Dutch Literature and the Dean of Humanities at Utrecht University. He has also taught in Berlin, Paris and Berkeley. His special field is modernist poetry in an international context.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7

Translated by David Colmer (2010) Thomas Mîhlmann Mîhlmann, Thomas 23

Translated by James S. Holmes (1961) Thomas Mîhlmann Mîhlmann, Thomas 35

A Note by the Translator: James S. Holmes Thomas Mîhlmann Mîhlmann, Thomas 46

Translated by Daan van der Vat (1949) Thomas Mîhlmann Mîhlmann, Thomas 47

Awater in English: Daan van der Vat Thomas Mîhlmann Mîhlmann, Thomas 59

Retranslating Awater: David Colmer Thomas Mîhlmann Mîhlmann, Thomas 71

Poetry in a Period of Crisis Martinus Nijhoff Nijhoff, Martinus 79

Martinus Nijhoff's Awater as a Dutch Contribution to Modernism Wiljan Van Den Akker Van Den Akker, Wiljan 89

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