Best German Poetry Books
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1. The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics)
Author: by Jackson Crawford
Published at: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (March 5, 2015)
“The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised! And well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a 13th-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological and literary importance, containing the lion’s share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.
Jackson Crawford’s modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today’s readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings.” -Dick Ringler, Professor Emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of WisconsinMadison
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Author: by Dr Camilla Moore
Published at: Independently published (August 21, 2019)
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3. Letters to a Young Poet
Author: by Rainer Maria Rilke
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; Revised edition (August 1, 1993)
Rilke’s timeless letters about poetry, sensitive observation, and the complicated workings of the human heart. Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart.
Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young, would-be poet on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world.
Those letters, still a fresh source of inspiration and insight, are accompanied here by a chronicle of Rilke’s life that shows what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote them.
4. Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God
Author: by Anita Barrows
Published at: Riverhead Books; 100th Anniversary ed. edition (November 1, 2005)
A FINALIST FOR THE PEN/WEST TRANSLATION AWARDThe 100th Anniversary Edition of a global classic, containing beautiful translations along with the original German text. While visiting Russia in his twenties, Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets, was moved by a spirituality he encountered there.
Inspired, Rilke returned to Germany and put down on paper what he felt were spontaneously received prayers. Rilke’s Book of Hours is the invigorating vision of spiritual practice for the secular world, and a work that seems remarkably prescient today, one hundred years after it was written.
Rilke’s Book of Hours shares with the reader a new kind of intimacy with God, or the divinea reciprocal relationship between the divine and the ordinary in which God needs us as much as we need God. Rilke influenced generations of writers with his Letters to a Young Poet, and now Rilke’s Book of Hours tells us that our role in the world is to love it and thereby love God into being.
Author: by John Gardner
Published at: Vintage (May 14, 1989)
The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his own side of the story in this frequently banned book. This classic and much lauded retelling of Beowulf follows the monster Grendel as he learns about humans and fights the war at the center of the Anglo Saxon classic epic.
This is the book William Gass called “one of the finest of our contemporary fictions.”
6. Autobiography of Red
Author: by Anne Carson
Published at: Vintage; 1st edition (August 1, 1998)
The award-winning poet reinvents a genre in a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present. Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five.
As he grows older, Geryon escapes his abusive brother and affectionate but ineffectual mother, finding solace behind the lens of his camera and in the arms of a young man named Herakles, a cavalier drifter who leaves him at the peak of infatuation.
When Herakles reappears years later, Geryon confronts again the pain of his desire and embarks on a journey that will unleash his creative imagination to its fullest extent. By turns whimsical and haunting, erudite and accessible, richly layered and deceptively simple, Autobiography of Red is a profoundly moving portrait of an artist coming to terms with the fantastic accident of who he is.
7. If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho
Author: by Sappho
Published at: Vintage; Reprint edition (August 12, 2003)
By combining the ancient mysteries of Sappho with the contemporary wizardry of one of our most fearless and original poets, If Not, Winter provides a tantalizing window onto the genius of a woman whose lyric power spans millennia. Of the nine books of lyrics the ancient Greek poet Sappho is said to have composed, only one poem has survived complete.
The rest are fragments. In this miraculous new translation, acclaimed poet and classicist Anne Carson presents all of Sappho’s fragments, in Greek and in English, as if on the ragged scraps of papyrus that preserve them, inviting a thrill of discovery and conjecture that can be described only as electricor, to use Sappho’s words, as thin fire …Racing under skin.
“Sappho’s verse has been elevated to new heights in [this] gorgeous translation.” -The New York Times”Carson is in many ways [Sappho’s] ideal translator…. Her command of language is hones to a perfect edge and her approach to the text, respectful yet imaginative, results in verse that lets Sappho shine forth.” -Los Angeles Times
8. Essential Bukowski: Poetry
Author: by Charles Bukowski
Published at: Ecco; Illustrated edition (October 16, 2018)
Edited by Abel Debritto, the definitive collection of poems from an influential writer whose transgressive legacy and raw, funny, and acutely observant writing has left an enduring mark on modern culture. Few writers have so brilliantly and poignantly conjured the desperation and absurdity of ordinary life as Charles Bukowski.
Resonant with his powerful, perceptive voice, his visceral, hilarious, and transcendent poetry speaks to us as forcefully today as when it was written. Encompassing a wide range of subjectsfrom love to death and sex to writingBukowski’s unvarnished and self-deprecating verse illuminates the deepest and most enduring concerns of the human condition while remaining sharply aware of the day to day.
With his acute eye for the ridiculous and the troubled, Bukowski speaks to the deepest longings and strangest predilections of the human experience. Gloomy yet hopeful, this is tough, unrelenting poetry touched by grace. This is Essential Bukowski.
9. The Poetic Edda (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: by Carolyne Larrington
Published at: Oxford University Press; Second edition (September 1, 2014)
‘She sees, coming up a second time,Earth from the ocean, eternally green;the waterfalls plunge, an eagle soars above them,over the mountain hunting fish.’After the terrible conflagration of Ragnarok, the earth rises serenely again from the ocean, and life is renewed.
The Poetic Edda begins with The Seeress’s Prophecy which recounts the creation of the world, and looks forward to its destruction and rebirth. In this great collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry, the exploits of gods and humans are related.
The one-eyed Odin, red-bearded Thor, Loki the trickster, the lovely goddesses and the giants who are their enemies walk beside the heroic Helgi, Sigurd the Dragon-Slayer, Brynhild the shield-maiden, and the implacable Gudrun. New in this revised translation are the quest-poem The Lay of Svipdag and The Waking of Angantyr, in which a girl faces down her dead father to retrieve his sword.
Comic, tragic, instructive, grandiose, witty and profound, the poems of the Edda have influenced artists from Wagner to Tolkien and a new generation of video-game and film makers. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe.
10. The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke: Bilingual Edition (English and German Edition)
Author: by Rainer Maria Rilke
Published at: Vintage (March 13, 1989)
“This miracle of a book, perhaps the most beautiful group of poetic translations this century has ever produced,” (Chicago Tribune) should stand as the definitive English language version.
11. The Last Year of the War
Author: by Susan Meissner
Published at: Berkley; Reprint edition (April 7, 2020)
From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and As Bright as Heaven comes a novel about a German American teenager whose life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent to an internment camp during World War II.
In 1943, Elise Sontag is a typical American teenager from Iowaaware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. Resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer.
The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity. The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers.
Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences. But when the Sontag family is exchanged for American prisoners behind enemy lines in Germany, Elise will face head-on the person the war desires to make of her.
12. The Poetry of Rilke
Author: by Rainer Maria Rilke
Published at: North Point Press; Bilingual edition (March 15, 2011)
For the past twenty-five years, North Point Press has been working with Edward Snow, “Rilke’s best contemporary translator” (Brian Phillips, The New Republic), to bring into English Rilke’s major poetic works. The Poetry of Rilkethe single most comprehensive volume of Rilke’s German poetry ever to be published in Englishis the culmination of this effort.
With more than two hundred and fifty selected poems by Rilke, including complete translations of the Sonnets to Orpheus and the Duino Elegies, The Poetry of Rilke spans the arc of Rilke’s work, from the breakthrough poems of The Book of Hours to the visionary masterpieces written only weeks before his death.
This landmark bilingual edition also contains all of Snow’s commentaries on Rilke, as well as an important new introduction by the award-winning poet Adam Zagajewski. The Poetry of Rilke will stand as the authoritative single-volume translation of Rilke into English for years to come.
13. The Dark Interval: Letters on Loss, Grief, and Transformation (Modern Library Classics)
Author: by Rainer Maria Rilke
Published at: Modern Library (August 14, 2018)
From the writer of the classic Letters to a Young Poet, reflections on grief and loss, collected and published here in one volume for the first time. A great poet’s reflections on our greatest mystery. Billy CollinsA treasure … The solace Rilke offers is uncommon, uplifting and necessary.
The Guardian Gleaned from Rainer Maria Rilke’s voluminous, never-before-translated letters to bereaved friends and acquaintances, The Dark Interval is a profound vision of the mourning process and a meditation on death’s place in our lives. Following the format of Letters to a Young Poet, this book arranges Rilke’s letters into an uninterrupted sequence, showcasing the full range of the great author’s thoughts on death and dying, as well as his sensitive and moving expressions of consolation and condolence.
Presented with care and authority by master translator Ulrich Baer, The Dark Interval is a literary treasure, an indispensable resource for anyone searching for solace, comfort, and meaning in a time of grief. Praise for The Dark Interval Even though each of these letters of condolence is personalized with intimate detail, together they hammer home Rilke’s remarkable truth about the death of another: that the pain of it can force us into a deeper …
14. Struwwelpeter in English Translation (Dover Children's Classics)
Author: by Heinrich Hoffmann
Published at: Dover Publications; New edition (April 7, 1995)
First published in 1845. Struwwelpeter (variously translated as “slovenly” or “shock-headed” Peter) has become widely recognized as one of the most popular and influential children’s books ever written. Heinrich Hoffmann was a Frankfurt physician. Unhappy with the dry and pedagogic books available for children at the time, he wrote and illustrated Struwwelpeter as a Christmas present for his three-year-old son.
The book relates in verse and pictures the often gruesome consequences that befall children who torment animals, play with matches, suck their thumbs, refuse to eat, fidget at meals, etc. Written in rhyming couplets and illustrated by the author, the book was an immediate success.
It has since gone through hundreds of editions and been published in almost every European language. The present volume reprints 25 color plates from a German edition (including a bonus plate done for the 100th edition in 1876) with the reset text of a standard English translation.
Also included are the full German text and an afterword with a brief biography of the author and note on how the book came to be written. Children, bibliophiles, antiquarians any lover of time-honored tales for children will welcome this new edition of the classic German story.
15. Duino Elegies: A Bilingual Edition
Author: by Rainer Maria Rilke
Published at: North Point Press; 1st edition (March 14, 2001)
Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angelicorders? And even if one of them pressed mesuddenly to his heart: I’d be consumedin that overwhelming existence. For beauty is nothingbut the beginning of terror, which we can just barely endure,and we stand in awe of it as it coolly disdainsto destroy us.
Every angel is terrifying. From “The First Elegy”Over the last fifteen years, in his two volumes of New Poems as well as in The Book of Images and Uncollected Poems, Edward Snow has emerged as one of Rainer Maria Rilke’s most able English-language interpreters.
In his translations, Snow adheres faithfully to the intent of Rilke’s German while constructing nuanced, colloquial poems in English. Written in a period of spiritual crisis between 1912 and 1922, the poems that compose the Duino Elegies are the ones most frequently identified with the Rilkean sensibility.
With their symbolic landscapes, prophetic proclamations, and unsettling intensity, these complex and haunting poems rank among the outstanding visionary works of the century.
Purgatory (The Divine Comedy)
Author: by Dante
Published at: Modern Library; Modern Library Classics edition (March 9, 2004)
A new translation by Anthony Esolen Illustrations by Gustave Dor Written in the fourteenth century by Italian poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy is arguably the greatest epic poem of all timepresenting Dante’s brilliant vision of the three realms of Christian afterlife: Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise.
In this second and perhaps most imaginative part of his masterwork, Dante struggles up the terraces of Mount Purgatory, still guided by Virgil, in a continuation of his difficult ascent to purity. Anthony Esolen’s acclaimed translation of Inferno, Princeton professor James Richardson said, follows Dante through all his spectacular range, commanding where he is commanding, wrestling, as he does, with the density and darkness in language and in the soul.
It is living writing. This edition of Purgatory includes an appendix of key sources and extensive endnotesan invaluable guide for both general readers and students.