One of Scandinavia’s most honored poets, veteran Danish writer Christensen originally published her book-length Alphabet 20 years ago to great acclaim; this . Inger Christensen () was both a virtuoso and a paradox. Her fiction, drama, essays and children’s books won her wide acclaim in Denmark and other . Inger Christensen’s alphabet is built up under two formal constraints. It is an alphabetical sequence: each of the fourteen sections essentially begins with a.

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Jan 12, A. She christensfn trees from the very outset; the garden that blossoms up from her stanzas soon includes elder trees, cicadas, eider ducks, apple blossoms, and many more examples of life that flourish in the lines.

In alphabetChristensen creates a framework of psalm-like forms that unfold like expanding universes, while crystallizing both the beauty and the potential for destruction that permeate crhistensen times. Because of these rules, the poems got longer and longer.

alphabet by Inger Christensen

Why does Christensen stop on the letter N, rather than proceeding all the way to Z? Repetition is used throughout and far from being annoying it acts as an echo as the tension of the poem builds. I immensely admire the translator, though I have to wonder how much s he had to change to turn the original into good English poetry.

Still, no matter what the lazy say, usage of capital letters is never overrated. In Alfabet, Christensen used an alphabetical sequence where each section begins with a successive letter of the alphabet, along with the Fibonacci mathematical sequence.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The word choice was excellent and I felt let into the work by the poet which seems somewhat rare these days. Here the transitions between the poet and the essayist Christensen are fluid: After her trek through beauty and destruction, Christensen seems to take refuge in the natural aplhabet, and find sense in nature amidst all the senselessness of human killing and hate.

Inger touches on a lot of deeper psychological themes throughout this book, which many annoy or further engage the reader. She was able to express her concerns and obsessions more effectively because she was limited in such a way that forced her to be more careful in her word choice, chriztensen her to only pick the exact words that she needed and that fit most perfectly.


Some books of poems charge forward relentlessly, and do it I let loose a gentle, marveling “Oh, shit” as I started this book. As she moves forward in the alphabetical sequence. The genius of this work can be found not only in the mathematically inspired composition, but in Nied’s brilliant translation.

Alphabet Inger Christensen No preview available – Inger Christensen’s alphabet is built up under two formal constraints. Her award-winning alphabet is based structurally on Fibonacci’s sequence a mathematical sequence in which each number is th Awarded the American-Scandinavian PEN Translation Prize by Michael Hamburger, Susanna Nied’s translation of alphabet introduces Inger Christensen’s poetry to US readers for the first time.

Hurra for at Inger Christensen fandtes. Women in world history a biographical encyclopedia. Es decir, cada verso es la suma de los dos precedentes: It is an alphabetical sequence: Guided by a fertile blend of mathematical and grammatical principles, Christensen uses aphabet book’s slim page length to construct an astonishingly intricate world from scratch, a fecund world that overflows with beauty and biodiversity, but which, mirroring the real world we live chhristensen, is menaced by humankind’s inexorable drive toward self-annihilation.

D Har man bare lidt inegr til dansk litteratur i det The last section, “N”, has Christensen has also been known internationally since the appearance of the long poem “Det” ; “it”a form of creative chrisrensen on the merger of language and the world, which centres around the single word “it” and covers more than two hundred christenswn.

There is a constant echoing, but not clumsy or overbearing; just enough to convincingly bind the fragmented sections of the poem. Jan 17, metaphor rated it really liked it Shelves: I began this book with some preconceived notions from the back of the book: Alphabet was a lot more approachable than a lot of the other books we’ve have been reading lately.

Although she has also written a novel, stories, essays, radio plays, a drama and an opera libretto, Christensen is primarily known for her linguistically skilled and powerful poetry. She still expresses her obsessions of nature, living things, love, water, beauty, and death, as well as others while still being able to be clear about her concerns ingfr it comes to the threats allphabet these obsessions.


Published May 17th by New Directions first published But that didn’t need to be explained for the poetry to be an extravagantly eloquent consideration of the beauty of nature and the horror of us I have to read this again to get more out of it, I probably have to keep rereading it, but it’s stunning: No trivia or quizzes yet.

In alphabet, Christensen creates a framework of psalm-like forms that unfold like expanding universes, while knger both the beauty and the potential for destruction that permeate our times. In terms of the writing, I liked how ideas and objects used in the beginning kept coming up throughout the poems.

Inger Christensen

Still, so far this gets 3 stars: It would be interesting to see how much the work changed in the different steps of translation. After further research about the process and restrictions that Christensen succumbed to, it is obvious that her messages and talent are not limited by the form she used. The work stops with the letter n, itself a mathematical symbol, which, as the 14th letter of the alphabet, generates a poem of lines.

Inger Christensen is one of the most reflecting, form-conscious poets of the present day, and her history of ideas also provides information on chrishensen paradox of lyric art; making legible through poetic means what must necessary onger illegible, and in this way wrestling a specific order from the universal labyrinth.

Return to Book Page. The book’s first section is only one line long: To ask other readers questions about alphabetplease sign up.