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Lightning from the Depths: An Anthology of Albanian Poetry (Writings from an Unbound Europe)

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Publisher Comments:

If a people

Have no poets

And no poetry of their own

For a National Anthology

Then treachery and barking

Will do the trick

 

With these words, a challenge is laid down in this new volume of Albanian poetry. Albania, however, has a dynamic tradition of literature. Lightning from the Depths is the first English collection to present the full range of Albanian verse.

            Albanian literature has had many lives. The early Christian traditions disappeared as Islam and the Ottoman Empire took over. Muslim literature, too, withered when the nation strove to become an independent European country. The beginnings of a modern tradition were quashed by the Stalinists. All along this rocky path, poets have turned the political strife, poverty, and isolation their nation has often experienced into culture, both celebrating and questioning the society in which they live. Lightning from the Depths opens readers eyes to a new political and cultural world populated artists who can spin despair into poetry.

 

About the Author

Robert Elsies interest in Albania was sparked by several visits he made from 1978 on. He has written many books on Albanian culture and affairs.

 Janice Mathie-Heck has done extensive work in teaching and counseling Albanian refugees as well as translating, editing, and critiquing works of Albanian literature

Table of Contents

Introduction

ORAL EPIC POETRY

Songs of the Frontier Warriors

The Source of Mujo's Strength

The Marriage of Gjeto Basho Mujo

Omer, Son of Mujo

Gjergj Elez Alia

EARLY ALBANIAN VERSE

Pjetër Budi (1566-1622)

O Hapless, Luckless Man

The Deed of Cain

Lekë Matrënga (1567-1619)

Spiritual Song

Pjetër Bogdani (ca. 1630-1689)

The Cumaean Sibyl

The Libyan Sibyl 

The Delphic Sibyl

The Persian Sibyl

The Erythraean Sibyl

The Samian Sibyl

The Cumanian Sibyl

The Hellespontic Sibyl

The Phrygian Sibyl

The Tiburtine Sibyl

POETRY IN THE MUSLIM TRADITION

Nezim Frankulla (ca. 1608-1760)

I'm Your Slave, You Are My Love

Oh, Your Gaze, That Slicing Saber

Friends of Mine, They Are Fine Fellows

Nezim Has Made It Merry

In the Dust Left by Your Footsteps

Some Young Fellows Have Now Turned Up

We Have Set Off into Exile

Muçi Zade (ca. 1724)

Lord, Don't Leave Me Without Coffee

Hasan Zyko Kamberi (d. early nineteenth century)

Money

Trahaná

ITALO-ALBANIAN VERSE

Nicola Chetta (1742-1803)

Of Honorable Lineage

I Traveled the Earth

Giulio Variboba (1724-1788)á

The Life of the Virgin Mary

The Song of the Awakening

Girolamo De Rada (1814-1903)

The Earth Had Transformed the Oaks

Like Two Radiant Lips

Can a Kiss Be Sweeter?

Giuseppe Serembe (1844-1901)

Song of Longing

Friendship

RILINJA AND CLASSICAL TWENTIETH-CENTURY POETRY

Pashko Vasa (1825-1892)

O Albania, Poor Albania

Naim Bey Frashëri (1846-1900)

O Mountains of Albania

The Words of the Candle

The Flute

Andon Zako Çajupi (1866-1930)

My Village

Motherland

Servitude

Ndre Mjeda (1866-1937)

Winter

To the Albanian Eagle

Freedom

Gjergj Fishta (1871-1940)

Mehmet Ali Pasha

Bec Patani Meets His Blood Brother in Battle

The Mountain Nymphs Mourn the Death of Tringa

Asdreni (1872-1947)

To the Adriatic

Forgotten Memories

The Oracle of Dodona

The Flute

Fan Noli (1882-1965)

On Riverbanks

Dead in Exile

Run, O Soldier of Marathon

Lasgush Poradeci (1899-1987)

Pogradec 

Morning

End of Autumn

Winter

Sejfullah Malëshova (1901-1971)

How I Love Albania

Rebel Poet

Mitrush Kuteli (1907-1967)

The Muddy Albanian Soil

Migjeni (1911-1938)

Poem of Poverty

Blasphemy

Song of Noble Grief

Autumn on Parade

Scandalous Song

Resignation

Fragment

The Themes 

Suffering

Under the Banners of Melancholy

Esad Mekuli (1916-1993)

Is Is the Albanian's Fault?

Evening

The Death of Day

Hope

Arshi Pipa (1920-1997)

The First Night

Dawn

The Lamp

The Canal

CONTEMPORARY VERSE

Zef Zorba (1920-1993)

Somber This Path

A Moment, Poetry: Life

Yearning

Feast Tonight

Like Swallows

The Gravel of the Kir

Kruja

Roads in Autumn

A Nail

Martin Camaj (1925-1992)

Mountain Feast

First Elegy

A Bird Languishes

Disregard

Death—Crackling

Unexpected Guest in Berisha

Avalanche 

Winter

My Mother

Failure

There Before the Tribes Arrived

In the Shade of Things

To a Modern Poet

That Mountain of Ice Divides Time

Fragment

Two Generations

Abandoned Village

Hostile Sea

Fragile Land

Kasëm Trebeshina (1926--)

The Iceberg

We Met in the Darkness

The Storks

The Pelicans

Evening

Fatos Arapi (1930--)

Leaving Vlora

You Will Come

The Brothers of Pegasus

Poems on My Mother

I Dislike Achilles

Where to Inter You?

Where Is That Old Man?

I Awaited the Nights, Standing

And She Turned Up

Those Who Still Love

How Can I Endure the Autumn?

I Arose

Dritëro Agolli (1931--)

The Cow

The Wind

The Snow

On the Appeal of Poetry

The Moon over the Meadow

Simple but Useful Things

The Secrets of the Candle

Din Mehmeti (1932--)

I Have One Request

Self-Portrait

Night of the Poets

A Legend

Swollen Roads

My Sailboat

The Past

Mihal Hanxhari (1930-1999)

Night of Stillness

A Severed Prayer

Petals

Leaves

The Linden Trees

The Earth

The Storm

The Cypress Trees]While on Its Way

Voiceless

To Sleep

Without You

Rapture

Unquenchable Fire

Lemon Blossoms

Where Is

Azem Shkreli (1938-1997)

Before the Elegy

With Migjeni

Over Europe

The Death of the Highlander

Obituary for a Bird

Monument to Mic Sokoli

A Tale About Us

The Toast

Frightened Light

Anathema

Wolf's Spoor

Departure of the Migrants

Martin's Stone

Song of Shame

Ali Podrimja (1942--)

Ghazal

The Illness of My Family

The Dead Clock

And You Dead

Death Was Quicker

The Meadow

Is It the Albanian's Fault

If

Who Will Slay the Wolf

A Child Is Dying in the Cellar

The Albanians

Or Rather

Xhevahir Spahiu (1945--)

To Be with You

In the Roots of Words

Speech

To Wake Up Late

Sketch

Translator of the River

Our History

Kosova

Torquemada

Eqrem Basha (1948--)

Nighttime Traveler of This World

Cold

Balkan Menu 

The Street Sweepers of Prishtina

The Wolf

The Nightengale Sings

The Audience

Sabri Hamiti (1950--)

The Telegram

The Telephone

Prizren

Ali Podrimja

George Castrioti

Visar Zhiti (1952--)

At the Bars of My Cell

Little Prison, Big Prison

Death Impresses No One Here

The Prison Shower Room

Bloody Lips

In Our Cells

The Tyrant's Onetime Office, Near Which I Work

My Father's Poem

Far from Our Countries

Mario Bellizzi (1957--)

Aroma

Curfew

Serbs, Coca-Cola, and Kosovars

Trance

Abdullah Konushevci (1958--)

Dream . . . Then Vlora

Expressionist Verse

How Prishtina Once Woke in the Morning

The Honorable Whore

Heavy Burden, Your Fragile Body

Besnik Mustafaj (1958--)

The Heroes and I

Donika

Night Walk in the Forest

Prophetic Poem

I've Set Off to Find You

Whence Your Fear of the Wolf

Basri Çapriqi (1960--)

My Room in London

My Room in Ulqin

Girl from the East, Prostitute in Rome

Mimoza Ahmeti (1963--)

Mental Asylum with Open Doors

Delirium

Eastern Europe

Death

I'm Just Mad About Campari

Letter to Mommy

Flutura Açka (1966--)

Landscape

On Our "Ancestral Lands"

Prayer for Anna Akhmatova

Monotony

Ballad on a Campaign to Inhibit Feelings

Evil Doings

Arian Leka (1966--)

The Spine of the Sea

Alone

Easter on the Island of Hvar

Background Chant

Agron Tufa (1967--)

Old Stanza for a New Love

Albania

The Regulations at the Catholic School for Girls

The Proof of the Land

Luljeta Lleshanaku (1968--)

With You

Annual Snowfall

Mutural Understanding

Camomile Breath

Always a Premonition

The Old People's Home

Quite by Accident

Electrolysis

For as Long As

The Truth

Lindita Arapi (1972--)

Walls

Energies of Color

Bloodstain

Girls Are Made of Water

Parid Teferiçi (1972--)

In Obot, While Waiting

In Perspective

Woman Holding a Balance, by Vermeer

The Poet 

First Prayer

In a Country as Small as This One

Romeo Çollaku (1973--)

The Piggy Bank of Time

Lost in Thought

Song of the Horned Lark

Old Faded Photographs

Another Folk Painting

On the Roof and Fences

Elegy

Ervin Hatibi (1974--)

They'll Invent a Substance or a Machine

Dedicated

Especially in August

Once Again on the Price of Bananas

Source Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810124639
Author:
Elsie, Robert
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Translator:
Elsie, Robert; Mathie-Heck, Janice
Translator:
Mathie-Heck, Janice
Editor:
Mathie-Heck, Janice
Editor:
Elsie, Robert; Mathie-Heck, Janice
Author:
Mathie-Heck, Janice
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Albanian poetry.
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Writings from an Unbound Europe
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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