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Early Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert

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Seifert's poetry is strongly situated within the Czech literary tradition of Poetism, which evolved into a playful, lighthearted refuge from world history while maintaining an edge of social consciousness. The playfulness of Seifert's early poetry expresses itself in anecdotes and witty aphorisms, and relies importantly on such sound patterns as alliteration, assonance, an ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published May 20th 1997 by Northwestern University Press
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Joe
Apr 13, 2010 Joe rated it it was amazing
Well, no surprise this collection has not caught on here. It's ridiculously communist, and the earliest poems serve as a reluctant but robust call to armed revolution against the established order. Even considering the early 20th century context, it's hard to get fully caught in the poet's voice. But when his pure human insights shine through, they mesmerize as universally as the best poets do.

"This happens with people all the same;
in the whirl of the day and everyday din
we pretend
that we don't
...more
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Jan 28, 2012 Roger DeBlanck rated it really liked it
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Seifert’s poetry reveals his natural inclination to understand the plight of the dispossessed and the disadvantaged. His subject matter often expresses faith in the idea of revolutionary fervor as an instrument that can usher in positive change, yet he also shuns how nationalism too often turns into fanaticism. He recognizes that the burden of suffering makes it difficult to pursue happiness. Viewing forgiveness as a remedy, he searches for hope among all the gloom. Employing a style that flows ...more
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Awarded 1984 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his poetry which endowed with freshness, and rich inventiveness provides a liberating image of the indomitable spirit and versatility of man."
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