North in the World: Selected Poems of Rolf Jacobsen, A Bilingual Edition

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 18, 2002 - Poetry - 328 pages
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North in the World presents 121 poems by Rolf Jacobsen (1907-1994), one of Norway's greatest modern poets. Garnering the highest praise of critics, Jacobsen won many of Norway's and Sweden's most prestigious literary awards, including the Swedish Academy's Dobloug Prize and the Grand Nordic Prize, also known as the "Little Nobel." But he also has earned a wide popular audience, because ordinary readers can understand and enjoy the way he explores the complex counterpoint of nature and technology, progress and self-destruction, daily life and cosmic wonder.

Drawing from all twelve of his books, and including one poem collected posthumously, North in the World offers award-winning English translations of Jacobsen's poems, accompanied by the original Norwegian texts. The translator, the American poet Roger Greenwald, worked with Jacobsen himself to correct errors that had crept into the Norwegian texts over the years. An in-depth introduction by Greenwald highlights the main features of Jacobsen's poetry, and extensive endnotes, as well as indexes to titles and first lines in both languages, enhance the usefulness of the book for general readers and scholars alike. The result is the definitive bilingual edition of Jacobsen's marvelous poetry.
 

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May want to read. Not sure I like the poems.

Contents

fra Jord og jern from Earth and Iron 1933
4
Industridistrikt Industrial District
19
Gummi Rubber
34
Kobolt Cobalt
48
fra Hemmelig liv from Secret Life 1954
65
Contents
73
Alderdommen Old Age
81
Mjødurt Meadowsweet
88
fra Pass for dørenedørene lukkes from Watch the Doors The Doors Are Closing 1972
192
Briefing Briefing
198
fra Pusteøvelse from Breathing Exercise 1975
204
Avaldsnes Avaldsnes
210
Hallingskeid Hallingskeid
216
Sand Sand
222
Contents
229
fra Tenk på noe annet from Think about Something Else 1979
238

fra Sommeren i gresset from Summer in the Grass 1956
96
Nattfugl Nightbird
102
Fossestøperen The Foundryman of Waterfalls
109
land hvor lyset har en annen farve In Countries Where the Light
115
fra Brev til lyset from Letter to the Light 1960
122
Nattvindu Night Window
128
Nu bærer elven sine lamper ut Now the River Is Carrying
139
trær The Silence in Trees
146
Langsomt Slowly
158
Tanker ved avlytting av et radioteleskop Thoughts upon
165
fra Headlines from Headlines 1969
173
Menneskepike Girlchild
180
Veis ende End of the Road
186
Mediadiktet The Media Poem
245
alle skoger har det bodd folk In Every Forest
254
Om å sovne i en åker On Falling Asleep in a Field
260
Fjellregel Mountain Rule
267
Inlandsbanan The Inland Line
276
Trær om høsten Trees in Autumn
284
Piggtrådvinter Barbedwire Winter
291
Ildfluene Fireflies
298
Notes
305
San Callisto The Catacombs of San Callisto 154
314
Index of Titles
321
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Rolf Jacobsen (1907 1994) published twelve books of poetry and six collections; his work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Language and Literature and was awarded the Norwegian Critics' Prize (1960), the Aschehoug Prize (1986), the Dobloug Prize (1968), and the Grand Nordic Prize (1989). Roger Greenwald is the author of two books of poems, Connecting Flight and Slow Mountain Train, and the translator of several works from Scandinavian languages, including Guarding the Air: Selected Poems of Gunnar Harding. He is the recipient of the CBC Radio/Saturday Night Literary Award for poetry, as well as of numerous translation prizes.

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