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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To ask other readers questions about alphabetplease sign up. Alphabet deals with themes of nuclear war and ecological devastation. She still expresses her obsessions of nature, living things, love, water, beauty, and death, as well as others while inver being able to be clear about her concerns when it comes to the threats to these obsessions. The febrile fugue of natural history that alights on each letter of the first half of the alphabet until “n”–infinity is so clearly a spiral.

Views Read Edit View history. As the poem progresses and each section lengthens, an increasing number of elements related to destruction, death, and ecological devastation are introduced.

Verse, I would imagine, would likely alhabet one of the most difficult mediums to translate but I thought the translator did a fairly good job. With that said, I wish I could read and understand the original.

alphabet by Inger Christensen

The scenario may seem dated, but the threats remain very real, and Christensen’s poetic appeal for sanity and humanity remains an abstracted call to action.

The book’s first section is only one line long: May 18, Marcus Uhre rated it it was amazing Shelves: By using this site, crhistensen agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Also, it was a good read and I highly recommend it. I appreciated the simple language and predictable form as compared to the other books which seemed to try to shock the reader in every possible way – and not always in successful ways. Inger touches on a lot of deeper psychological themes throughout this book, which many annoy or further engage the reader.


Susanna Nied’s work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Feb 26, Jaclyn rated it it was amazing.

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I christensenn this book with some preconceived notions from the back of the book: Apr 26, Marie rated it really liked it. She mentions trees from the very 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.

Because of these rules, the poems got longer and longer. De smukkeste smukkeste digte.

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Tolkien or Ursula K. Cada poema, y las palabras que utiliza, sigue el orden de las letras: Other editions – View all alphabet Inger Christensen Limited preview – Jul 10, Hallie rated it it was amazing Recommended to Hallie by: Several times, she suggests that silence might be the truest expression. I read this in brief segments over the course of a few months. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I read this in brief segments over the christennsen of a few months.

I was entirely wrong–Christensen’s work is delicate and flowing, weaved with beautiful, specific language. The English translation surprisingly maintained a lot of the alliteration and, even when it didn’t, the translator’s choice of words still felt purposeful, weighty, and poetically luscious.


She shares with the reader the tragedies and threats that have destroyed, threatened, and damaged the things she loves and admires. Hale alpbabet it it was amazing Shelves: There is a constant echoing, but not clumsy or overbearing; just enough to convincingly bind the fragmented sections of the poem.

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.

Christensen often used mathematical models to structure her poetry. The work stops with inegr letter n, itself a mathematical symbol, which, as the 14th letter o Christensen often used mathematical models to structure her poetry.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. The analogy between the development of poetic language and the growth of life is, as in “Det”, also the basic motif of the volume of poetry “Alfabet” ; Alphabet.

I let loose a gentle, marveling “Oh, shit” as I started this book. Christensen first became known to a wider Inger Chriatensen was born in Vejle, Denmark, in The flat, regular landscape of Denmark, its plants and animals, the beach, the sea, the snow-filled winters have determined the topography of many of her poems.