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Poems

Hermann Hesse; Selected, translated, and with an introduction by James Wright

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

0374526419

9780374526412

Trade Paperback

96 Pages

$13.00

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Not many American readers seem to be aware that Hermann Hesse, author of the epic novels Steppenwolf and Siddhartha, among many others, also wrote poetry, the best of which the poet James Wright has translated and included in this book. This is a special volume—filled with short, direct poems about love, death, loneliness, the seasons—that is imbued with some of the imagery and feeling of Hesse's novels but that has a clarity and resonance all its own, a sense of longing for love and for home that is both deceptively simple and deeply moving.    Contents Translator's Note I Know, You WalkAcross the FieldsElizabethRavenna (1)Ravenna (2)Lonesome NightA Swarm of GnatsThe PoetMountains at NightAt Night on the High SeasTo a Chinese Girl SingingDeparture from the JungleEvil TimeOn a JourneyNightDestinyOde to HölderlinChildhoodLying in the GrassHow Heavy the Days . . .In a Collection of Egyptian SculpturesWithout YouThe First FlowersSpring DayHoliday Music in the EveningThinking of a Friend at NightAutumn DayTo ChildrenFlowers, TooUneasiness in the NightAll Deaths

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"Rilke, T. S. Eliot, Gide, Thomas Mann rightly called Hesse a master . . . His fiction achieves the glorious anachronism of art: created in the past, it speaks to us in the present. It glorifies the strategies of attempting to become a full human being and it celebrates the nobility of failure."—Webster Schott, Life
 
"Hesse is  a writer of suggestion, of nuance, of spiritual intimation."—The Christian Science Monitor
 
"[Hesse was] one of the defining spirits of our century."—Ralph Freedman, Princeton University

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Herman Hesse (1877-1962) was a German poet and novelist. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.
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  • Hermann Hesse; Selected, translated, and with an introduction by James Wright

  • Herman Hesse (1877-1962) was a German poet and novelist. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.
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