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Poems of Paul Celan
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Poems of Paul Celan
  • Celan, Paul (Author)

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Gleaming in the swell of wandering words...
I fell upon a hardback edition of these translations by chance years ago (early 1990s) - the local town library was clearing out old stock and Hamburger's 'Poems of Paul Celan' - the Carcanet edition of 1980 - was among them. I think my antennae had been primed by reading George Steiner's Real Presences - Celan is referenced a number of times in that deeply disconcerting book - and I couldn't believe my luck. Steiner tells a moving story about chancing upon Celan for the first time at a railside bookstall between trains. Stories like these, and the entire Celan oeuvre, bring into focus the great question of the presence or absence of divine order (read truth, beauty and goodness) in the universe. Celan is sometimes bracketed with the "nay sayers" - the atheists - but his ideas, or - better - his feelings (Gefühle), are much more subtle and complex than that (Psalm to No one, is still a Psalm, yet to no one...) Celan's poems are each a "Variable Key" which unlock the house of unspoken meaning. Whether you can use the keys offered depends on many things - your patience, your determination, perhaps even your willingness to surrender to Celan's strange voice. The poems are mostly difficult although some are remarkably direct ("I can still see you" comes to mind) and Hamburger's translations will forever hold a special place in my heart. For the record, my copy arrived in good condition, did not fall apart, and has survived many rereadings over the last four years.
Beautiful poetry
One of Celan's best poetry volumes, beautifully trans;ated from theGerman into English.
Trust Steiner
It is an inauspicious beginning to a review to admit that I am really not positioned well to evaluate this collection. I came to Celan from reading George Steiner and George Steiner has nothing but high praise for this collection. Steiner is, like Celan, haunted by the Holocaust, particularly the degree to which the Holocaust changes our views of language, art and culture and, a fortiori, humanity. Celan is, in effect, the poet who gives voice to Steiner's feelings, but that voice is strikingly complex and sometimes opaque in its simplicity. In speaking of cultural literacy E.D. Hirsch will point out that there are passages in texts where we understand the individual words (more or less) but still fail to grasp the overall meaning of the texts because we do not share the material that can go unspoken, the material which those with cultural literacy can take for granted. In the case of Celan the 'background' that is not immediately apparent may be literary; it may be historical and it may be utterly personal. We read the words and can achieve some sense of the meaning that emerges from them but have a great deal of difficulty understanding them in their ultimate richness and complexity. There are some exceptions, as in the powerful and haunting poem, 'Death Fugue', but such poems are few and far between here. The vast majority of the poems create impressions but do not, for the uninitiated, convey specific meanings. The poems are printed in facing pages with the German texts on the verso pages. Divide the 333 pp. or so by two and you have a sense of the length of the book. Some of the poems are very brief. Hence, one can read through the entire text in two hours or so (or spend decades doing so). The bottom line is that you can gain an elementary appreciation of the nature of Celan's work here in a relatively brief period of time, even though you realize throughout the exercise that you are not even beginning to scratch the surface of the depth of his feelings and his ability to utilize his linguistic medium in profound ways. I trust Celan because I trust Steiner, but understanding him at any level of depth will perforce be the labor of years.

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  • Celan, Paul (Author)

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