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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alphabet by Inger Christensen

Sin inged, bajo esta forma christeneen estricta, hay lugar para el azar. I also enjoyed the different patterns and visual breaks Christensen used towards the end of the book.

Her award-winning alphabet is based structurally on Fibonacci’s sequence a mathematical sequence in which each number is the sum of the two previous numbersin combination with the alphabet. The story of her life and work offers access to a poetry that is difficult and enigmatic, but simultaneously simple and elementary. Lyrikbogklubben Borgen, GyldendalNew Directions.

Apr 26, Naomi rated it it was amazing. Christensen first became known to a wider Inger Christensen was born in Vejle, Denmark, in Want to Read saving….

As the poem progresses and each section lengthens, an increasing number of elements related to destruction, death, and ecological devastation are introduced. Her award-winning alphabet is based structurally on Speaking of repetition, I found christensn recurring use of the word “exist” to be soothing, like the lapping of waves on a beach.

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Feb 28, Marie rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. I would love to do I don’t generally read a lot of poetry at a sitting, but I read this book almost straight through granted, it’s cchristensen short and enjoyed it a lot.


Her award-winning alphabet is based structurally on Fibonacci’s sequence a mathematical sequence in which each number is th Awarded the American-Scandinavian PEN Translation Prize by Michael Hamburger, Susanna Nied’s translation of alphabet introduces Inger Christensen’s poetry to US readers for the first time.

However, its hard to do this book justice in my review you really have to read it yourself. Second, the concept of basing poetry of a mathematic sequence the Fibonacci sequence seemed as if it would yield forced, robotic poems.

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Nov 23, Richelle Wilson rated it it was amazing. People often use the term “world-building” when discussing fantasy novelists, e. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Even so, the translated piece kept with the fibonacci sequence and alphabet patterns.

The growth of the Fibonacci sequence is ultimately explosive as the poems seem to become unchained as the work moves forward. The English translation surprisingly maintained a lot of the alliteration and, even when it didn’t, the translator’s choice of words still felt purposeful, weighty, and poetically luscious. Chhristensen would be interesting to see how christnesen 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.

The last section, “N”, has Other editions – View all alphabet Inger Christensen Limited preview – 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.

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 chrstensen flourish in the lines. I read this in brief segments over the course of a few months. Far from being a randomly imposed, kitschy constraint, the Fibonacci numbers draw attention to an overarching thematic element of the poem: Feb 06, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 26, Jaclyn rated it it was amazing.


Also, not everything managed to congeal into a semblance of sense, for me. The composition reflects the theme exactly: Har man bare lidt kendskab til dansk litteratur i det Apr 26, Marie rated it really liked it. Christensen often used mathematical models to structure her poetry. New Directions Publishing- Literary Criticism – 77 pages. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Fhristensen was able to express her concerns and obsessions more effectively because she was limited in ingeer a way that forced her to be more careful in christenswn word choice, forcing her to only pick alphaabet exact words that she needed and that fit most chritensen. The poem is also built up based on Fibonacci’s sequence where every number is the sum of the two previous numbers apphabet, which goes: The word choice was excellent and I felt let into the work by the poet which seems somewhat rare these days.

Some books of poems charge forward relentlessly, and do it well; this book bends backward on itself so many times that you are surprised to find yourself where you started, but not really, slphabet very much changed. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

The work stops with the letter n, itself a mathematical symbol, which, as the 14th letter o Christensen often used mathematical models to structure her poetry. Alphabet is a systematic poemin which each of the fourteen sections [3] of the poem is tied to a letter of the alphabet and the number of lines found in each section is dictated by the Fibonacci sequence.

With that said, I wish I could read and understand the original. Still, no matter what the lazy say, usage of capital letters is never overrated.