Three Worlds / Drei Welten

Selected Poems

Author(s): WOLFSKEHL, Karl
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780473358679
This first ever comprehensive selection of German/Jewish poet Karl Wolfskehl’s poetry in English translation. Bilingual German/English. “This book is a triumph."––Peter Russell, New Zealand Books 116, Summer 2016. " . . . an elegant book . . . as near as we are likely to get to the feel and tone of Wolfskehl in the English language." C. K. Stead, NZ Poet Laureate blog.


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In 1933 the German Jewish poet Karl Wolfskehl (1869-1948), deeply disturbed by the brutal anti-Semitism rising in his native Germany, fled into exile in Switzerland and Italy. When Italy too adopted anti-Jewish legislation Wolfskehl left Europe, seeking asylum in faraway New Zealand, where he found shelter and the peace to continue writing poetry: his Mediterranean cycle and his most important composition Job, or The Four Mirrors. This first ever comprehensive selection of Wolfskehl's poetry in English translation, the work of New Zealand translator Andrew Paul Wood and Wolfskehl scholar Friedrich Voit, includes poems from his beginnings around 1900, but focuses on the work from his years of exile when he emerged from the shadow of his admired poet-friend Stefan George and found his own distinctive voice. It is in these poems that the 'three worlds', which constituted the creative identity of the poet Karl Wolfskehl, are expressed. In the famous lines of his autobiographical poem Ultimus Vatum: "Secretive and proud, worldly-wise, humble in God Remained I Jewish, Roman, German all at once." A naturalized New Zealander, Karl Wolfskehl died in 1948, in Auckland. His tombstone in the Waikumete cemetery bears his name in Hebrew and German, and underneath, the Latin inscription: Exul Poeta. "The poetry created or finished in New Zealand is his best." --Peter Russell, New Zealand Books 100, Summer 2012."I remember his size among my tomatoes: it was prodigious; and on the soft soil he left giant footprints." --Frank Sargeson, More than Enough.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780473358679
ISBN10 0473358670
Author WOLFSKEHL, Karl
Binding Paperback
Date Published 25 Jul 2016
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 267
Publisher Cold Hub Press

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