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In Time's Rift (Im Zeitspalt)

In Time s Rift Im Zeitspalt Meister s enviable combination of lyrical talent and existential preoccupation is not a peaceful divine perception but rather a distillation of despair derangement seems almost justified Will Stone

  • Title: In Time's Rift (Im Zeitspalt)
  • Author: Ernst Meister Graham Foust Samuel Frederick
  • ISBN: 9781933517629
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meister s enviable combination of lyrical talent and existential preoccupation is not a peaceful, divine perception but rather a distillation of despair derangement seems almost justified Will Stone, The Times Literary SupplementErnst Meister s brief, afflicted poems attend to the writer s lifelong obsessions with being and mortality First published in 19 Meister s enviable combination of lyrical talent and existential preoccupation is not a peaceful, divine perception but rather a distillation of despair derangement seems almost justified Will Stone, The Times Literary SupplementErnst Meister s brief, afflicted poems attend to the writer s lifelong obsessions with being and mortality First published in 1976 and appearing for the first time in English in its entirety, it is a collection equal parts philosophical rigor and lived experience.Wehad a face off in the light.Dustfloated around us, tenderly.Ernst Meister 1911 1979 was posthumously awarded the most prestigious award for German literature, the Georg B chner Prize.

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    1 thought on “In Time's Rift (Im Zeitspalt)

    1. Absolutely amazing, beautiful, haunting. Yes."To have been a thought / in time's rift, / until the horror of eternity / overthrew it."

    2. The book offers the German originals as well as the translations. The editors fill in background in the preface, noting Meister's study with Lowith (with whom he worked on a dissertation on Nietzsche) and Gadamer as well as Heidegger's influence. They suggest similarities to Oppen, Rilke, Holderin, Dickinson, not simply in theme but in language and syntax. These poems offer difficult sentiment, coolly observing human mortality in simple, straightforward diction that gains power because of the ex [...]

    3. Meister was an outsider poet, though not by choice. His style never fit in with any of the prevailing literary trends in Germany during his lifetime (1911-1979). Though spare in language and skeletal in form, his poems resist easy comprehension. Like his equally if not more hermetically inclined contemporary Paul Celan, Meister often uses unconventional grammar, placing words in surprising order, though his tendency toward the unorthodox does not extend to creation of neologisms, which is one th [...]

    4. Here's the first poem in the book, as translated:And whatDoes this sun wantwith us, whatleapsform the strait gateof that huge glow?I knowno greater darknessthan the light.If you like that, you'll like the rest of the book; if you don't, you won't.The book, like most books from Wave, is really well-designed and nice to look at. The introduction was useful and interesting, and avoided telling you how to read the poems to come. The poems are presented in the German as well, which is always nice for [...]

    5. I enjoyed this short book of poems. Meister's poetry seems to be the outcome of philosophy rather than the opposite relationship (e.g. Heidegger being the outcome of Celan, Hölderlin, Trakl, etc.). Themes that are illustrated and enunciated here have to do with death, temporality, isolation, etc etc. Everything was good, but there a few memorable ones.

    6. Terse, understated, elliptic, philosophical--the kind of thing you'll like, if you like that kind of thing. Nicely translated, too: I imagine that getting the tone just right must have been challenging.

    7. A metaphysics of death? A philosophy of time? Abstract and terse, hermetic. I'd go back and read this again. And probably should.

    8. Short (all no more than a page) dense, allusive and elusive poems often pondering the meaning of death or life in the face of death.

    9. Incredible collection of poems! If you dig philosophical, introspective, questioning poems that deal with death, religion/God, mortality, decay, and time in various forms, check this out!

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