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Twentieth-Century German Poetry: An Anthology

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This groundbreaking anthology will serve as the standard for years to come. Editor Michael Hofmann has assembled brilliant translations of the major German poets, from Rilke and Brecht to Durs Grunbein and Jan Wagner, in an approachable, readable, and endlessly interesting collection. Here we find poetry as a living counter-force to socio-political reality; poetry of disse ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2006)
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Blair
Jul 18, 2015 Blair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's some brilliant poetry here (Rilke, Brecht and others) but overall I found a lot of the poems to be rather inconsequential. Editor Michael Hofmann makes big claims for German poetry in his intro but his selections don't live up to his hype. There's also some weird laying out of poems and they only provide the birth/death dates for the poets, not identifying when each poem was written/published, which is annoying.
Stephen
Jan 05, 2015 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brecht's Hollywood and Los Angeles poems alone are worth the cover price.

Celan, Rilke, Brecht, Enzensberger, and Inge Müller steal the show. Thankfully short on weepy, slo-mo contemporary stuff, post-sex teardrop poetry, and that awful word "Das Kleenex".

Some of the translations seemed like looney tunes compared to the German originals, but overall worth reading in both languages.

John Felstiner's entire book of Paul Celan's poetry should be your next stop from here. Struck me as the best transla
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Carmen
Aug 28, 2016 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-drama
Snippets of poetry from many poets, I found some of my favorites among them. I enjoy Bertolt Brecht, Rilke, and am discovering Bierman.
secondwomn
Nov 11, 2014 secondwomn rated it really liked it
really 3.5 stars, i think. some real gems inside.
Susan J.
Sep 17, 2007 Susan J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Finally a collection of the amazing poets coming out of Germany during and after the war. But there are no bios and at least one of the Rilke translations is an abomination (thankfully I had a German speaking friend in the room). A good starting point for those uninitiated in contemporary German poetry (me), but I still feel betrayed.
Marc Adler
Aug 24, 2009 Marc Adler rated it it was amazing
I've been reading this book for a while, on and off. I don't read poetry books from the beginning to the end, so no page number updates, but what a great book. Great translations.
S.
Oct 07, 2008 S. rated it it was amazing
This anthology contains such excellent and important poetry. My only complaint could be there's too much Enzensberger, whom I appreciate but am not fond of. But even that I'm reconsidering.
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