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By Günter Eich

This is often the main entire English translation of the paintings of Günter Eich, one of many maximum postwar German poets. the writer of the POW poem "Inventory," between essentially the most well-known lyrics within the German language, Eich used to be rivaled in basic terms by means of Paul Celan because the best poet within the iteration after Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht. Expertly translated and brought by means of Michael Hofmann, this assortment gathers 80 poems, many drawn from Eich's later paintings and such a lot of them translated the following for the 1st time. the quantity additionally comprises the unique German texts on dealing with pages.

As an early member of "Gruppe 47" (from which Günter Grass and Heinrich Böll later shot to prominence), Eich (1907-72) used to be on the leading edge of an attempt to revive German as a language for poetry after the vitriol, propaganda, and lies of the 3rd Reich. brief and transparent, those are undying poems within which the ominousness of fairy stories meets the delicacy and suggestiveness of a long way japanese poetry. In his overdue poems, he writes often, movingly, and infrequently wryly of disease and disorder. "To my mind," Hofmann writes, "there's whatever in Eich of Paul Klee's photos: either are do-it-yourself, modest in scale, instantly pleasant, artistic, cogent."

Unjustly missed in English, Eich reveals his excellent translator the following.

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Forms come and go, what seemed invincible crumbles. But amid the States rising from the sea, amid demolished streets where one day mountains will loom made of a fallen planet, against what is past and what is to pass youth defends itself, austere as the sundust, in love neither with good nor with evil, all tossed under your immense feet, so that you may crush it, so that you may step on it, so that your breath move the wheel and a frail structure shake with motion, so that you give to it hunger and to others wine, salt, and bread.

What was it, what is it, what will it be­ we filled the world with our cry and calling. The dawn is back, the red moon set, do we know now? In a heavy ship A helmsman comes, throws a silken rope and binds us tightly to each other, then he pours on friends, once enemies, a handful of snow. Wilno, 1935 [ 22 R E S C U E (Ocalenie) 1945 BALLAD 0 F LEVALLO I S -barracks for the unemployed in Levallois-Perret, 1935 0 God, have mercy on Levallois, Look under these chestnut trees poisoned with smoke, Give a moment ofjoy to the weak and the drunk, 0 God, have mercy on Levallois.

Love is sand swallowed by parched lips. Hatred is a salty jug offered to the thirsty. Roll on, rivers; raise your hands, cities! I, a faithful son of the black earth, shall return to the black earth. as if my life had not been, as if not my heart, not my blood, not my duration had created words and songs but an unknown, impersonal voice, only the flapping of waves, only the choir of winds and the autumnal sway of the tall trees. There is no one between you and me and to me strength is given. White mountains graze on terrestrial plains, to the sea they go, their watering place, new and new, suns lean over a valley of a small, dark river where I was born.

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