The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems

By Tomas Transtromer

The accumulated poems of 1 of the world's maximum residing writers, Tomas Transtromer, on hand during this finished edition.

In day's first hours cognizance can take hold of the world
because the hand grips a sun-warmed stone.

Translated into fifty languages, the poetry of Tomas Transtromer has had a profound impression worldwide, a power that has progressively grown and has now attained a prominence equivalent to that of Pablo Neruda's in the course of his lifetime. but when Neruda is blazing hearth, Transtromer is increasing ice. The nice Enigma: New accrued Poems gathers all of the poems Tomas Transtromer has released, from his distinct first assortment in 1954, 17 Poems, via his epic poem Baltics ("my such a lot constant try to write music"), and The unhappy Gondola, released six years after he suffered a debilitating stroke in 1990 ("I am carried in my shadow / like a violin / in its black case."), to his most modern narrow e-book, The nice Enigma, released in Sweden in 2004. additionally integrated is his prose-memoir Memories examine Me, containing keys into his intensely religious, metaphysical poetry (like the short passage of insect gathering on Runmaro Island while he used to be a teenager). Firmly rooted within the wildlife, his paintings falls among dream and dream; it probes "the nice unsolved love" with the outlet up, via refined modulations, of "concrete words."

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