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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alphabet by Inger Christensen

The poem starts out simply enough: Far from being a randomly imposed, kitschy constraint, the Fibonacci numbers draw attention to an overarching thematic element of the poem: Women in world history a biographical encyclopedia. She shares with the reader the tragedies and threats that have destroyed, threatened, and damaged the things she loves and admires.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Nov 23, Richelle Wilson rated it it was amazing. Paperback79 pages. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Mar 05, Caleb added it Shelves: Susanna Nied’s work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies.

Still, no matter what the lazy say, usage of capital letters is never overrated. The genius of this work can be found not only in the mathematically inspired composition, but in Nied’s brilliant translation.


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Other editions – View all alphabet Inger Christensen Limited preview – Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Retrieved from ” https: Also, it was a good read and I highly recommend it. Account Options Sign in.

Ingfr by Inger Christensen. New Directions Publishing- Literary Criticism – 77 pages.

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I just wish the original was in a language I understood, because this would be such an amazing piece for a case study in translation theory. Lists with This Book.

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 when it comes to the threats to these obsessions. It would be interesting to see how much the work changed in the different steps of translat Alphabet was a lot more approachable than a lot of the other books we’ve have been reading lately.

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Jun 02, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 02, Marco rated it really liked it. The febrile fugue of natural history that alights on each letter of the first half of the alphabet until “n”–infinity is so clearly a spiral. It created a rhythmic chant that gave the work a strong sense of cohesion. In terms of the writing, I liked how ideas and objects used in the beginning kept coming up throughout the poems.

The word choice was excellent and I felt let into the work by the poet which seems somewhat rare these days. I’m probably missing a ton in the structure of it, not just the Fibonacci series structure [the importance of the Fibonacci numbers in nature is fascinating by the way] but the repetitions and echoes.


There is a constant echoing, but not clumsy or overbearing; just enough to convincingly bind the fragmented sections of the poem. Published May 17th by New Directions christensdn published Selected pages Title Page. Jul 02, Lou Last rated it it was amazing Shelves: It would be interesting to see how much the work changed in the different steps of translation.

Some books of poems charge forward relentlessly, and do it well; this book bends backward on itself so many times that you are surprised to find yourself where you started, but not alhabet, and very much changed.

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The last section, “N”, has Forgetting about the first two numbers, Christensen’s first section has one line, the second two, the third three, the fourth five, the fifth eight, etc. Still, so far this gets 3 stars: The structure of the book also owes much to the Fibonacci sequence.

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