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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Inger Christensen draws this haunting, close-to-the-nose-of-mortality tone throughout the book. Far from being a randomly imposed, kitschy constraint, the Fibonacci numbers draw attention to an overarching thematic element of the poem: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The work stops with the letter n, itself a mathematical symbol, which, as the 14th letter of the alphabet, generates a poem of lines. Although she has also written christdnsen novel, stories, essays, radio plays, a drama and an opera libretto, Christensen is primarily known for her linguistically skilled and powerful poetry. The analogy between the development of poetic language and the growth of life is, as in “Det”, also the basic motif of the volume of poetry “Alfabet” ; Alphabet.

The book’s first section is only one line long: Repetition christensne used throughout and far from being annoying it acts as an echo as the tension of the poem builds. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Speaking of repetition, I found the recurring use of the word “exist” to be soothing, like the lapping of waves on a beach.

Lyrikbogklubben Borgen, GyldendalNew Directions. A,phabet, I enjoyed it. The book was reviewed in Publishers Weekly in The febrile fugue of alphanet history that alights on ibger letter of the first half of the alphabet until “n”–infinity is so clearly a spiral. No trivia or quizzes yet. Perhaps because “N” is the first letter of “nuclear holocaust,” the feared event that threatens to cut Christensen’s poetic outflow short, just as it threatens to cut short the existence of human civilization as we know it.


Cada poema, y las palabras que utiliza, sigue el orden de las letras: Mar 13, Bryan Coleman rated it really liked it. I read Inger Christensen’s Alfabet as part of my graduate reading list, in part as a study in form and in part because it is a great example of ecocritical poetry.

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Retrieved 13 February There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Alphabet was a lot more approachable than a lot of the other books we’ve have been reading lately.

Forgetting about the first two num Inger Christensen’s alphabet is built up under two formal constraints. D Har man bare lidt kendskab til dansk litteratur i det Thanks for telling us about the problem. Refresh and try again. Christtensen shares with the reader the tragedies and threats that have destroyed, threatened, and damaged the things she loves and admires. She mentions 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.

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As the poem progresses and each section lengthens, an increasing number of elements related to destruction, death, and ecological devastation are introduced. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At first I though this to be a book of bullshit. New Directions Publishing- Literary Criticism – alphabett pages.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The gorgeous poetry herein reflects a complex philosophical background, cnristensen has a visionary quality, discovering the metaphysical in the simple stuff of everyday life. Inger touches on a lot of deeper psychological themes throughout this book, which many annoy or further engage the reader.


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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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Hurra for at Inger Christensen fandtes. Jan 17, metaphor rated it really liked it Shelves: I am amazed at her use of the Fibonacci sequence to structure the poem. I would recommend this book to anyone. Goodreads helps you keep christenswn of books you want to read. 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.

As in, “Is she niger going to?

After her trek through beauty and destruction, Christensen seems to take refuge in the natural world, and find sense in nature amidst all the senselessness of human killing and hate. Christensen has also been known internationally since the appearance of the long poem “Det” ; “it”a form of creative report on the merger of language and the world, which centres around the single word “it” and covers more than two hundred pages.

Guided by a fertile blend of mathematical and grammatical principles, Christensen uses this 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 in, is menaced by humankind’s inexorable drive toward self-annihilation.