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The Poetry of Survival: Post-War Poets of Central and Eastern Europe
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on 14 November 1999
A definant, vibrant collection of poetry from the east European survivors of WWII. When Theodor Adorno claimed:"After the Holocaust there can be no poetry" he wasn't thinking of the compassion and power these poets could find in their verse. They have stripped away poetry to its barest essentials, dispensing with rhyme, form and rhythm, to craft stark and brutally honest collections. These poets have inspired, most notabley, Ted Hughes in his Crow poems, and share many of his bleak images. They are survivors of war, survivors of genocide, and pull no punches. An awesome collection.
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on 25 November 2014
Forget Richard Lovelace and Alfred Tennyson, this is the poetry that tells you about war.
It includes the fabulous "War Has Been Given a Bad Name" by Bertolt Brecht, several poems from Nobel Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska (sorry, my keyboard doesn't have the necessary diacritical marks), and poems from many Central and Eastern European poets who were completely un known to me, and I think are generally not particularly well studied in the West.
Be warned, though, they are not easy reading.
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