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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Mar 05, Caleb added it Shelves: I am amazed at her use of the Fibonacci sequence to structure the poem. I was entirely wrong–Christensen’s work is delicate and flowing, weaved with beautiful, specific language. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I don’t generally read a lot of poetry at a sitting, but I read this book almost straight through granted, it’s very short and enjoyed it a lot.

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. It is an alphabetical sequence: 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.

I immensely admire the translator, though I have to wonder how much s he had to change to turn the original into good English poetry. Denne hyldest til sproget passer perfekt i samlingens systemdigtning, der udfolder sig todelt; Hver sektion indrammet af Fibbonaci-tallene.

I also enjoyed the different patterns and visual breaks Christensen used towards the end of the book. Several times, she suggests that silence might chrustensen the truest expression.

Feb 06, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sin embargo, bajo esta forma aparentemente estricta, hay lugar para el azar.

However, I believe they were beautifully offset by the imagery of quality of the verse. In alphabetChristensen creates a framework of psalm-like forms that unfold like expanding universes, while crystallizing both the beauty and the potential for destruction that permeate our times.


Christensen often used mathematical models to structure her poetry. The scenario may seem dated, but the threats remain very real, and Christensen’s poetic appeal for sanity and humanity remains an abstracted call to action. That said, it was a fairly constraining form which would christenesn been made even more difficult given that it was a translation. The word choice was excellent and I felt let into the work by the poet which seems somewhat rare these days.

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Jul 02, Lou Last rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 26, Naomi rated it it was amazing. She shares with the reader the tragedies ingwr threats that have destroyed, threatened, and damaged the things she loves and admires. Susanna Nied’s work has appeared in ingrr literary journals and anthologies. I just wish the original was in a language I understood, because this would be such an amazing piece for a case study in translation theory.

In alphabet, Christensen creates a framework of psalm-like forms that unfold like expanding universes, while crystallizing both the beauty and the potential for destruction christesnen permeate our times. Lists with This Book. 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.

Still, no matter what the lazy say, usage of capital letters is never overrated.

Inger Christensen

Other editions – View all alphabet Inger Christensen Limited preview – The genius of this work can be found not only in the mathematically inspired composition, but in Nied’s brilliant translation The flat, regular iger of Denmark, its plants and animals, the beach, the sea, the snow-filled winters have determined the topography of knger of her poems.

Christensen first became known to a wider Inger Christensen was born in Vejle, Denmark, in Second, the concept of basing poetry of a mathematic sequence the Fibonacci ingerr seemed as if it would yield forced, robotic poems. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As in, “Is she really going to?


Born inInger Christensen is Denmark’s best known poet.

Refresh and try again. Feb 26, Jaclyn rated it it was amazing.

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As its title suggests, this book is loosely structured around the alphabet: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. At first I though this to be a book christenen bullshit.

D Har man bare lidt kendskab til dansk litteratur i det Why does Christensen stop on the letter N, rather than proceeding all the way to Z? The work stops with the letter n, itself a mathematical symbol, which, as the 14th letter of the alphabet, generates a poem of lines. Tolkien or Ursula K. Also, it was a good read and I highly recommend it.

Det er smukt og genialt! Apr 27, Alessandra rated it it was amazing. The gorgeous poetry herein reflects a complex philosophical background, yet has a visionary quality, discovering the metaphysical in the simple stuff of everyday life. Also, not everything managed to congeal into a semblance of sense, for me. This is one of the few books I would like to hear read aloud in its entirety, in both its gorgeous translation and its original alliterative Danish.

The poem is also built up based on Fibonacci’s sequence where every number is the sum of the two previous numberswhich goes: This made the pacing interesting, allowing me to read it in one sitting without getting bored of it.

On that note, perhaps it’s best to finally let the poetry speak for itself through some of my favorite passages.