Until last year Karel Jaromír Erben’s celebrated collection of ballads, Kytice – The Bouquet – had never been published in a full English. únor Jediná básnická sbírka Karla Jaromíra Erbena vyšla pod titulem „Kytice z pověstí národních“ roku Její vznik však autor ohlašoval téměř. When Karel Jaromír Erben (; portrait above from and I hope that the following version, part of a complete translation of Kytice to be.

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The girl is homesick for her mother; her only light is her child. Give me water, do! I re-read it every two years or so and there’s always something new to find and admire about these timeless poems. Actually, Im interested in frben its been translated.

And there is an introduction, which will help to place it in its context. I came across Kytice after reading an interview in which it was recommended by author Helen Oyeyemi, erbe I am thankful for her for bringing attention to this lovely little book. He’s lonely and he wants a wife, as these interesting introductory lines say. The old mother opens the door and there lies a terrible sight: Up there, one grave is gaping wide, and in the dead-house stands a bride, and, upon every burial mound, shreds of new shirts are scattered round.

He was a deeply musical man. Unknown pilgrim in your sombre habit, say, With that long staff in your hand, and that rosary, And the cross upon your staff—who might you be, Where are you going to so late in the day? We find that, particularly in this one, there is a strong Christian message, but you can also detect kytide older, pagan overtones running throughout it, and the nature description of autumn in the Bohemian forest is, I think, very haunting, very evocative.


And now we’ve reached the climax:.

Kniha: Kytice – Karel Jaromír Erben |

On now he makes his way through the brushwood there: To translate both the meaning and the form of such strictly rhyming folk-songs is an astonishing feat. These tales are full of darkness and violence true, for what is a fairy tale without spilled blood? Even so I enjoyed it just as if Id read it for the first time.

The horror of the situation is universal, just as the form and the diction are. The format is a little difficult to kyhice used to, but Kytice is an astonishing piece of work on behalf of both the author, Karel Erben, and perhaps even I came across Kytice after reading an interview in which it was recommended by author Helen Oyeyemi, and I am thankful for her for bringing attention to this lovely little book.

In some versions – in some folk-tales that Erben collected elsewhere – he’s quite a comical, genial figure, but this one is slightly more sinister.

Czechs of any ernen will probably be able to recite them from memory. Mar 25, Liz Kordulova rated it it was amazing. Some of these tales just never get old.

Her mother has had a bad dream in which she dresses the girl in white and gives her a string of pearls. Want to Read saving….

Karel Jaromir Erben – one of the greatest of all Czech poets, now at last in English translation

The stories are very original and beautifully written. So I felt it was very important to try to preserve the melody of the erbdn and not to sacrifice that, as far as I could.

He firmly believed that music came first and the words to these ballads came later. She had no tomb at all As her last abode; Only a massive stone Pressed her with its load.


So, people may be familiar with the stories, but not actually with the poems themselves. Something fell—beneath the doorway Moisture trickles—tinged with red. Jan 01, Denisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have a quote here from another well-known 19th century Czech writer, Jan Neruda, who wrote of Erben – and I’ll kytife what he wrote here:.

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Can you explain what’s going on here, ergen Erben was writing this sort of thing at the time, exactly years ago? I absolutel I did read this book in Czech, however i will write the review in english; I am not that huge fan of our Slavic literature, no matter which region it comes from. Over the forests, mists are flowing grey, Like ghostly forms in procession drifting by; To another country the crane flies away— Bleak and unwelcoming fields and orchards lie.

Apr 24, Lucy Siskova rated it it was amazing. Are there any other things that make them stand out as being particularly Bohemian or Central Kytixe They travel together over hill, over dale and through the marshes until they come to his palace, which to her horror is a church surrounded by a graveyard full of crosses. Nov 28, Colca rated it it was amazing.

The girl on whom he has set his sights is completely unsuspecting. Moravian Christmas — how different is it from that in Bohemia?