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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Speaking of repetition, I found the recurring use of the word “exist” to be soothing, like the lapping of waves on a beach. Jul 10, Hallie rated it it was amazing Recommended to Hallie by: Paperback79 pages.

Sep 07, Cecilie Flinck rated it it was amazing. After further research about the process and restrictions that Christensen succumbed to, it is obvious that her messages and talent are not limited by the form she used. The a,phabet of the Cristensen sequence is ultimately explosive as the poems seem to become unchained as the work moves forward.

Christensen used the Fibonacci sequence to inspire the structure of the poems, but there is a poignant richness brought by the words themselves to the themes of environment, nature, progress, humanity in the midst of metaphysical simplicity. Account Options Sign in.

Christensen first became known to a wider Inger Christensen was born in Vejle, Chrkstensen, in Still, no matter what the lazy say, usage of capital letters is never overrated. Alphabet is a systematic poemin which each of the fourteen sections [3] of the poem is tied to a letter of the alphabet and the number of lines found in each section is dictated by the Fibonacci sequence.


On that note, perhaps it’s best to finally let the poetry speak for itself through some of my favorite passages.

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Cristensen composition reflects the theme exactly: Preview — alphabet by Inger Christensen. 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.

With any translated pieces, I am always skeptical of what is lost and kept.

Also, not everything managed to congeal into a semblance of sense, for me. There is a super-additiveness, or synergy, at work here that is really quite marvelous: There is a constant echoing, but not clumsy or overbearing; just enough to convincingly bind the fragmented sections of the poem.

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

Inger Christensen

Open Preview See a Problem? This is one of the few books I would like to hear read aloud in its entirety, in both its gorgeous translation and its original alliterative Danish.

Feb 28, Marie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Her poetry is wonderful, organic, and haunting.

I appreciated the simple language chritsensen 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.


I just wish the original was in a language I understood, because this would be such an amazing piece for a case study in translation theory. 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. Lists with This Dhristensen. De smukkeste smukkeste digte.

Feb 06, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: The work stops with the letter n, itself a mathematical symbol, which, as the 14th letter of the alphabet, generates a poem of lines. The poem starts out simply enough: Some books of poems charge forward relentlessly, and do it well; this book bends backward on itself alpahbet many times that you are surprised to find yourself where you started, but not really, and very much changed.

Og disse sektioner tager hver et bogstav fra sproget i udforskning. Alphabetthough a work of verse rather than prose, is a tremendous achievement in alphaabet. The last section, “N”, has xlphabet She shares with the reader the tragedies and threats that have destroyed, threatened, and damaged the things she loves and admires.

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