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poetry, Latvia, tr Barry Calla

This volume appropriates the allegorical style and metrical standards of the old dainas , or Latvian folk songs, giving the verse a timeless mythological quality that intends to evoke an archetypal community living in harmony with itself, with nature and with its gods. Unfortunately, Ziedonis addresses his basic themes--birth, death, love, spirituality--with a kind of naive simplicity. These poems long for some sublime musical accompaniment to elevate the banal sentiments of the verse: "Latvia, O chock-full and sweet sister, / O butter churn / bursting at the seams, / your chin dripping cream." Admittedly, the poet frequently conveys the rustic communality of farming with a charmingly amusing air, yet he just as often annoys the reader with repetitious language and Zen-like platitudes about the intuitiveness of nature. Ziedonis's prose poems, called "Epiphanies," are for the most part equally trite. Perhaps a portion of the blame belongs to the translator, who explains that he is unable to either read or speak Latvian and worked from literal translations, "trying to feel the meaning" of the poems. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. The Air Is Palpable Among One's Own And Night Attends Me And Though I've Been Brazen And While A Wee Brown Calf Another Idiot Evening At Maruza's At Maruza's At Maruza's Again Autumn Leaves In Latvia Bilberries Blueing Blues Butterflies By The Roadside Catch A Neutral Apple The Chain Clouds Earth Mother Enfold Me, Ink Fish Ephiphany 3 Epiphany 1 Epiphany 10 Epiphany 12 Epiphany 14 Epiphany 2 Epiphany 4 Epiphany 5 Epiphany 6 Epiphany 7 Epiphany 8 Epiphany 9 A Faith In Me Families Grandmother Handlebars Hard On Her Heels A Honed Simplicity I Could Stay Out Here For Years I Love A Floating Apple I Read Smoke Carefully I Seem To Tease Annele I Went Into The Field It Was A Beautiful Summer It's Good You Lie Afar Kleptomania Knit Long Stockings Krisjanis Peters Was Just Born Latvia, O Butter Churn Marta, Dear Marta Milk Mother Mother's The Essence My Love Was So Mute My Son, My Son The Needle Never So Enraptured O, A Candle Burns On Lush Summer Sundays Pea Children Pilgrim Stone The Poem Began Purity The Single Sin Of Adams Sister, I Unveil Spring This Is Her Cairn This Morning Though All Our Songs Are Sung To Meet A Stone The Topmost Twig Tree Trio Trio When I Was Still Small The White Fairy Tale Without Whirlwinds Yearning As The Dove Yes, She Was A Madonna -- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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  • PDF | 137 pages
  • Sheep Meadow; 1st edition (December 1, 1990)
  • English
  • 3
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By AFaith on July 9, 2015

    Not the best translation or most passionate translation, in my opinion... yet, Ziedonis' soul-deep vision manages to break through.


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