Michael Hamburger: A Reader

Michael Hamburger: A Reader

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The Michael Hamburger Reader is the definitive collection of poems, translations, essays, interviews and personal reflections by one of the most influential Anglo-German writers of the last century.

Dennis O’Driscoll—a friend and fellow poet—has distilled Hamburger’s giant oeuvre into an essential volume that defines his legacy. The translations from German, Italian and French start with Goethe and Hölderlin and end with W. G. Sebald, via Celan, Bachmann, Brecht, and Nelly Sachs, among others. Hamburger’s own poems, with their subtle musical and philosophical inquiry, are generously sampled, as are his critical essays on major European writers, from Georg Trakl and Gottfried Benn to Samuel Beckett and T. S. Eliot.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784105150
Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
Publication date: 04/15/2018
Pages: 587
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Hamburger (1924–2007) was a poet and critic of distinction as well as the outstanding translator of German poetry. His awards include the Schlegel-Tieck Prize (1981), the German Federal Republic’s Goethe Medal (1986) and the EC’s first European Translation Prize (1990) for Poems of Paul Celan. Dennis O’Driscoll (1954–2012) was born in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Apart from nine collections of poetry, books published during his lifetime included a selection of essays and reviews, and two collections of literary quotations.

Table of Contents

Introduction 15

1 The Man

Autobiographical Essay from Contemporary Authors 21

From Conversation with Peter Dale 45

From String of Beginnings 53

In Conversation with Michael Schmidt 135

2 The Poet

From PN Review 100

Birthday (1975) 155

Mad Lover, Dead Lady (1969) 156

Mornings (1975) 157

Garden, Wilderness (1982) 158

The Street, December (1981) 159

Mr Littlejoy's Prayer (1989) 159

Endless (1985) 160

Return (1992) 161

Conversation with a Blackbird (1994) 162

From Collected Poems 1941-1994

Life and Art I (1959) 163

Tides (1961) 163

Security (1961) 165

In a Cold Season (1961) 166

Words (1961) 170

Two Photographs (1973) 170

Variations I: Travelling (1968-76) 172

Real Estate (1976) 195

Willow (1978) 198

Birch (1983) 199

From Late (1997)

Late IV 200

From Intersections: Shorter Poems 1994-2000 (2000)

Migrants IV 204

Relics 205

From From a Diary of Non-Events (2002)

December 206

from April 208

from July 209

From Wild and Wounded: Shorter Poems 2000-2003 (2004)

Wild and Wounded 211

Transition 214

From Circling the Square: Poems 2004-2006 (2007)

Domestic 215

Aging VII 220

3 The Translator

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

From Roman Elegies and Other Poems (1996)

from Introduction 225

Roman Elegies V 227

Roman Elegies XV 228

Nature and Art 229

To Those Who Think Themselves Original 230

Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843)

From Poems and Fragments (2004)

from Preface, 2003 231

To the Fates 232

To the Young Poets 233

In my boyhood days … 233

Evening Fantasy 235

Heidelberg 236

The Traveller 238

from Bread and Wine 242

Half of Life 245

Mnemosyne 246

When down from heaven … 248

Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929)

From Poems and Verse Plays (1961)

from Introduction 249

An Experience 250

Infinite Time 251

Ballad of the Outer Life 251

The Old Man's Longing for Summer 252

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

From An Unofficial Rilke (1981)

from Introduction 254

The Death of Moses 255

The Hand 256

… When will, when will, wrhen will they let it suffice … 257

Paul Celan (1920-1970)

From Poems of Paul Celan (2007)

from Preface to the Third Edition and Introduction 258

Your hand full of hours … 259

Aspen tree … 260

Death Fugue 260

Tenebrae 262

Once … 263

I hear that the axe has flowered … 263

A leaf … 263

From German Poetry 1910-1975 (1977)

from Introduction 264

Gottfried Benn (1886-1956)

Night Café 265

Georg Trakl (1887-1914)

De Profundis 266

Grodek 267

Georg Heym (1887-1912)

And the horns of summer fell silent… 268

Nelly Sachs (1891-1970)

The Sleepwalker 269

Line Like 270

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)

Of Poor B. B. 271

Of All Works 273

Marie Luise Kaschnitz (1901-1974)

Resurrection 274

Johannes Bobrowski (1917-1965)

East 275

Wolfdietrich Schnurre (1920-1989)

Dead Soldier 277

Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973)

The Respite 278

Jörg Steiner (1930-2013)

Hiroshima 279

Christoph Meckel (1935-)

The Peacock 280

From East German Poetry (1972)

from Introduction 281

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)

A New House 282

The Friends 282

from Buckow Elegies

III: The Solution 283

XIII: Eight Years Ago 283

Reiner Kunze (1933-)

The Need for Censorship 284

Perspective 284

Volker Braun (1939-)

Provocation for Me 285

Other Translations

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Confiteor of the Artist 286

Crowds 287

Peter Huchel (1903-1981)

Psalm 288

Winter Billet 289

Günter Eich (1907-1972)

Latrine 290

Messages of the Rain 291

Franz Baermann Steiner (1909-1952)

Taciturn in the Sun 292

Ruthenian Village 293

Franco Fortini (1917-1994)

Translating Brecht 294

Helmut Heissenbüttel (1921-1996)

Fragment III 295

Final Solution 295

The Future of Socialism 297

Ernst Jandl (1925-2000)

Two kinds of signs 299

At the delicatessen shop 299

Günter Grass (1927-)

Family Matters 300

Marriage 300

Hans Magnus Enzensberger (1929-)

The End of Owls 302

The Divorce 303

The Rich 304

Marin Sorescu (1936-1996)

Symmetry 305

W. G. Sebald (1944-2001)

As the Snow on the Alps VIII 307

Dark Night Sallies Forth VI 308

4 The Essayist and Critic

From Testimonies (1989)

An Essay on the Essay 313

A Jumble of Notes on Myth 316

Music and Words II: Schubert 319

The Survival of Poetry 328

The Unity of T. S. Eliot's Poetry 334

Samuel Beckett as a Poet 348

On Translation 352

From Reason and Energy (1957)

from Hölderlin 357

from Heinrich Heine 374

from Georg Büchner 384

From A Proliferation of Prophets (1983)

from Hugo von Hofmannsthal 392

from An Unofficial Rilke 402

from Georg Trakl 411

from Gottfried Benn 422

from Explorers: Musil, Kafka 443

From After the Second Flood (1986)

from Towards Classicism: Brecht and his Successors 461

from Divided Commitments [Heinrich Böll] 488

from Displaced Persons [Ingeborg Bachmann] 494

from The Non-Representational Alternative [Ernst Jandl] 504

from A Prodigious Equipoise [Günter Grass] 513

from The Poetry of Survival [Hans Magnus Enzensberger] 539

From The Truth of Poetry (1969)

The Truth of Poetry 546

from A Period Loose at All Ends 566

Select Bibliography 583

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