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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She mentions trees from the chrristensen outset; the garden that blossoms up from her stanzas soon includes elder trees, cicadas, eider ducks, apple blossoms, and many more examples of life that flourish in the lines. However, I believe they were beautifully offset by the imagery of quality of the verse.

Like the numbers in that sequence, each section of Alphabet is precisely as big — and as conceptually complex — as the two preceding sections combined.

Alphabet was a lot more approachable than a lot of the other books we’ve have been reading lately. After her trek through beauty and destruction, Christensen seems to take refuge in the natural world, and find sense in nature amidst all the senselessness of human killing and hate.

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Repetition is used throughout and far from being annoying it acts as an echo as the tension of the poem builds. However, its hard to do this book justice in my review you really have to read it yourself. That said, it was a fairly constraining form which would have been made even more difficult given that it was a translation. Life is a process; a continuous series of cycles to which Christensen pays homage in this haunting Fibonaccian progression.


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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. My library Help Advanced Book Search. New Directions Publishing- Literary Criticism – 77 pages. Inger Christensen was born in Vejle, Denmark, in In fact, it would be safe to say that this process may have been to her advantage. Other editions – View all alphabet Inger Christensen Limited preview – Jul 10, Hallie rated it it was amazing Recommended to Hallie by: Susanna Nied’s work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies.

D Har man bare lidt kendskab til dansk litteratur i det El primero es la secuencia christeensen Fibonacci. Alphabet deals with themes of nuclear war and ecological devastation.

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I think this is the most I’ve ever enjoyed a book of poetry. It would be interesting to see how much the work changed in the different steps of translation.

Born inInger Christensen is Denmark’s best known poet. Some books of poems charge forward relentlessly, and do it well; this book bends backward on itself so many times that you are surprised to find yourself christensne you started, but not really, and very much changed. The structure of the book also owes much to the Fibonacci sequence.

Jan 12, A. Christensen often used mathematical models to structure her poetry. 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 that permeate our times. Alphabetthough a work of verse rather than prose, is a tremendous achievement in world-building. I am amazed at her use of the Fibonacci sequence to structure the poem.

This made the pacing interesting, allowing me to read it in one sitting without getting bored of it. Perhaps because “N” is the first letter of “nuclear holocaust,” the feared event that threatens to cut Christensen’s poetic outflow short, just as it threatens to cut short the existence of human civilization as we know it. Account Options Sign in. 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 first became known to a wider Inger Christensen was born in Vejle, Denmark, in Her award-winning alphabet is based structurally on Fibonacci’s sequence a mathematical sequence in which each number is the sum of the two previous numbersin combination with the alphabet. Even so, the translated piece kept with the fibonacci sequence and alphabet patterns.

In terms of t With any translated pieces, I am always skeptical of what is lost and kept. She was able to express her concerns and obsessions more effectively because she was limited in such a way that forced her to be more careful in her word choice, forcing her to only pick the exact words that she needed and that fit most perfectly.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Also, it was a good read and I highly recommend it. The story of her life and work offers access to a poetry that is difficult and enigmatic, but simultaneously simple and elementary. The word choice was excellent and I felt let into the work by the poet which seems somewhat chistensen these days.

Inger Christensen’s alphabet is built up under two formal constraints.