Friday, May 18, 2012

Please, listen to the audio!!!


Join “Live From City Lights” in celebration of the work of Friedrich Hölderlin. Hear translator Nick Hoff introduce his new collection of Hölderlin’s early poetry, Odes and Elegies , with readings by special guests Andrew Joron and Susanne Hoelscher.
Friedrich Hölderlin emerged in the early 20th century as one of the key figures of modern European literature. This comprehensive selection of over 80 of his odes, hexameters, and elegies is taken from the important early period of his mature work—a time in which we encounter the poet open to nature and love with a rare vulnerability. The translations in a new book of translations, Odes and Elegies includes poems never before available in English, rendering forcefully and directly the deep longing and heartbreak of Hölderlin’s poetic world; their open, pathos-filled rhythm and disarming clarity present Hölderlin’s powerful work as distinctive English poems.

Friedrich Hölderlin (1770–1843), whose work has influenced such figures as Rilke, Celan, Heidegger, Adorno, and Benjamin, is considered by many to be one of the most important German lyric poets.



  • At Live From City Lights, hear translator Nick Hoff introduce his collection of Hölderlin's early poetry, Odes and Elegies, with readings by special guests Andrew Joron and Susanne Hoelscher. Listen to the podcast here.

"Hoff's version of the odes and elegies of Hölderlin is worthy of comparison to Richard Seiburth's parallel but not competing volume. At every point, Hoff finds extraordinary ways of conveying the astonishing force of Hölderlin's work."
Harold Bloom
"The poems come out as English poems, but—as Dryden would have put it—poems Hölderlin might have written, had he been writing in English."
Keith Waldrop
"Hölderlin, the greatest of all German poets, explored the outer limits and the deepest depths of the German language, and has been considered untranslatable. We have waited so long for an English translation that does justice to the inexplicable mystery of his early mature work; with Hoff's beautiful versions we have one at last."
Werner Herzog
The translations in Odes and Elegies, including poems never before available in English, render forcefully and directly the deep longing and heartbreak of Hölderlin's poetic world; their open, pathos-filled rhythm and disarming clarity present Hölderlin's powerful work as distinctive English poems. A bilingual edition, this book also includes informative annotations and translations of drafts and revisions that give deep insight into Hölderlin's craft and process, shining new light on the unique poetic voice that marks Hölderlin's achievement and continuing influence on poetry and philosophy today.
Friedrich Hölderlin emerged in the early 20th century as one of the key figures of modern European literature. This comprehensive selection of over 80 of his odes, hexameters, and elegies is taken from the important early period of his mature work--a time in which we encounter the poet open to nature and love with a rare vulnerability.

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