Poetic Affairs

Poetic Affairs

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Poetic Affairs deals with the complex and fascinating interface between literature and life through the prism of the lives and works of three outstanding poets: the German-Jewish poet and Holocaust survivor, Paul Celan (1920a€“1970); the Leningrad native, U.S. poet laureate, and Nobel Prize winner, Joseph Brodsky (1940a€“1996); and Germany's premier contemporary poet, Durs GrA¼nbein (born 1962). Focusing on their poetic dialogues with such interlocutors as Shakespeare, Seneca, and Byron, respectivelya€”veritable love affairs unfolding in and through poetrya€”Eskin offers unprecedented readings of Celan's, Brodsky's, and GrA¼nbein's lives and works and discloses the ways in which poetry articulates and remains faithful to the manifold qtruthsqa€”historical, political, poetic, erotica€”determining human existence.GrA¼nbein asks in one of his most pointed (and funny) meditations on the question of subjectivity. a€œIf you could, a€ he goes on, you would prefer to keep your mouth shut. This near-sibilant [referring to the German a€œIcha€] might quickly turn out to be aanbsp;...

Title:Poetic Affairs
Author: Michael Eskin
Publisher:Stanford University Press - 2008-02-26

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