- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (October 21, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 022633354X
- ISBN-13: 978-0226333540
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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North in the World: Selected Poems of Rolf Jacobsen, A Bilingual Edition 1st Edition
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Drawing from all twelve of his books, and including one poem collected posthumously, North in the World offers award-winning English translations of Jacobsen's poems, accompanied by the original Norwegian texts. The translator, the American poet Roger Greenwald, worked with Jacobsen himself to correct errors that had crept into the Norwegian texts over the years. An in-depth introduction by Greenwald highlights the main features of Jacobsen's poetry, and extensive endnotes, as well as indexes to titles and first lines in both languages, enhance the usefulness of the book for general readers and scholars alike. The result is the definitive bilingual edition of Jacobsen's marvelous poetry.
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Jacobsen wrote feelingly and brilliantly about the connections and correspondences between the natural, and the technological/industrial worlds. There are poems about forests, and about "antenna forests," about swarms and crowds, trees and buildings, the dark silence of the winter night, and "Thoughts uopn Listening in on a Radio Telescope."
Greenwald's translations are clear, spare, faithful, and elegant - and he knows what they can do and what they cannot - thus the original Norwegian text on the facing pages. There is an intelligent introduction (by Grenwald), and several good photos of Jacobsen - the best of which is certainly the quintessentially Norwegian frontispiece, with Jacobsen, in his 40's, writing outdoors against the background of a weathered ski hut.