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The Roads Have Come to an End Now: Selected and Last Poems of Rolf Jacobsen

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Norway's Rolf Jacobsen is one of Europe's most acclaimed writers yet, as Robert Bly points out in his introduction: "This magnificent poet is so little known in the United States." This bilingual edition, which selects the best work from Jacobsen's ten volumes, will help remedy that situation.

Three dedicated translators contribute to this book. Robert Bly's translations celebrate the radiance with which Jacobsen praised the complex beauty of the Earth; Robert Hedin focuses on the countryside, creature, and star poems; and Roger Greenwald draws difficult emotions from Jacobsen's charged last poems, composed while his wife struggled with fatal illness—as when he remembers their bitter-cold wedding day during World War II:

Road to the church was blocked with barbed wire.

I remember we clambered over the rail fence of the parsonage.

—Hey, your dress is caught

—no, not there—over there.

We tramped the furrows of an ice-crusted

potato field, up to the minister

who was in his surplice and had

the Scriptures ready.

—Love is a path you must walk, he says. Yes, we said.

But my lord what muddy feet we had!

When we got in bed that night

we cried a dab—both of us. God

knows why.

And then the long life began.

Rolf Jacobsen was born in 1907 and lived his adult life north of Oslo. He worked as a journalist and newspaper editor and played a critical role in introducing modernism to Norwegian poetry. His poetry has been translated into nearly thirty languages. A member of the Norwegian Academy of Language and Literature, he was honored with many prizes and awards, including the Norwegian Critics' Prize and the Grand Nordic Prize from the Swedish Academy. Jacobsen died in 1994.

Review:

"Discovering Jacobsen was a joy." Czeslaw Milosz

Synopsis:

Bilingual volume of one of Europe's most reverred poets, with introduction by Robert Bly.

Synopsis:

Norway's Rolf Jacobsen is one of Europe's most acclaimed writers, yet, as Robert Bly points out in his introduction: "This magnificent poet is so little known in the United States". This bilingual edition, which selects the best work from Jacobsen's ten volumes, will help remedy that situation.<P>Three translators contribute to this book. Robert Bly's translations celebrate the radiance with which Jacobsen praised the complex beauty of the Earth; Robert Hedin focuses on the countryside, creature, and star poems; and Roger Greenwald draws difficult emotions from Jacobsen's charged last poems, composed while his wife struggled with fatal illness — as when he remembers their bitter-cold wedding day during World War II:

About the Author

Robert Bly is one of the most influential poets, translators, and editors of his generation. He is the author of numerous books, including the National Book Award-winning Silence in the Snowy Fields and the iconic (and best-selling) Iron John.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556591655
Translator:
Bly, Robert
Translator:
Hedin, Robert
Translator:
Bly, Robert
Author:
Jacobsen, Rolf
Author:
Bly, Robert
Author:
Hedin, Robert
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Location:
Port Townsend, Washington
Subject:
General
Subject:
European - Scandinavian
Subject:
Jacobsen, Rolf
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
A Kagean Book
Series Volume:
109
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
212
Dimensions:
8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 in 10 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Norway's Rolf Jacobsen is one of Europe's most acclaimed writers, yet, as Robert Bly points out in his introduction: "This magnificent poet is so little known in the United States". This bilingual edition, which selects the best work from Jacobsen's ten volumes, will help remedy that situation.<P>Three translators contribute to this book. Robert Bly's translations celebrate the radiance with which Jacobsen praised the complex beauty of the Earth; Robert Hedin focuses on the countryside, creature, and star poems; and Roger Greenwald draws difficult emotions from Jacobsen's charged last poems, composed while his wife struggled with fatal illness — as when he remembers their bitter-cold wedding day during World War II:
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