Wild and Wounded: Shorter Poems 2000-2003

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Wild and Wounded' collects Michael Hamburger's shorter poems since Intersections' (2000). It is published to mark the 80th birthday of one of Britain's leading poets of the last half-century. The dominant theme in these poems is the passing of time - whether referring to the injured swan in the collection's title poem, a tree surreptitiously dying', or the poet himself, comtemplating

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Overview

Wild and Wounded' collects Michael Hamburger's shorter poems since Intersections' (2000). It is published to mark the 80th birthday of one of Britain's leading poets of the last half-century. The dominant theme in these poems is the passing of time - whether referring to the injured swan in the collection's title poem, a tree surreptitiously dying', or the poet himself, comtemplating

... difficulties with grammar now, with tense,

With mood, with person, case - and, yes, the sense.

As illness, frailty, absence and obsolescence become more pressing to the poet, his poems, by contrast, achieve an enthralling robustness and vigour.

Michael Hamburger was born in Berlin in 1924, and came to Britain as a child. He has taught widely in America and Britain and is the outstanding contemporary translator and critic of German literature. His awards include the German Federal Republic's Goethe Medal in 1986 for services to German literature. Anvil publishes several of his translations, including editions of Goethe, Hölderlin, Rilke and Poems of Paul Celan', which received the EC's European Translation Prize in 1990. His Collected Poems 1941-1994' was published in 1995 by Anvil, who also publish his seminal critical work The Truth of Poetry'. His three subsequent volumes of poetry are Late', Intersections' and From a Diary of Non-Events'.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780856463716
  • Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Hamburger was born in Berlin in 1924 and came to Britain as a child in 1933. He is the foremost translator of German poetry into English - among the many authors he has translated from are Hölderlin, Celan, Rilke and Goethe - and one of Britain's leading poets of the period since World War 2.

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Table of Contents

Apology 5
Redundant epitaphs 11
Detained 15
Diminuendo 20
Muted song 21
Wild and wounded 22
Fallen 26
Memorial 26
Summer yet again 27
The dog-days interrupted 28
'An embassador is an honest man, sent to lie abroad for the good of his countrey' 31
Sketches towards an impossible portrait 32
The alienation of John Clare 35
Rest on the flight 37
Mr. Littlejoy's belated response 38
Letter to L.F. 39
At the mixed farm 42
At Liverpool Street Station 43
Post-Paschal 2003 44
Plus Ca change... 47
Holiday town 51
Injured cow 53
Plum 56
Impertinent questions 57
Beech Hedge in winter 58
Marrow 59
Advice towards closing time 60
Waiting for the river ferry 61
A cat's last summer 62
November light 63
Chiaroscuro 67
Amor Fati, February 68
Conversation with the muse of old age 70
Avoir de la Bouteille 72
Tautological ode to a cat 73
Chauffeuse 76
Fragment 78
Appendix to the deeds 79
Snowed in 81
Transition 83
Ave Atque Vale 84
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