Lettere dall'Islanda

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  • Title: Lettere dall'Islanda
  • Author: W.H. Auden Aurora Ciliberti
  • ISBN: 9788877681980
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. W.H. Auden Aurora Ciliberti

      Wystan Hugh Auden was an Anglo American poet, best known for love poems such as Funeral Blues, poems on political and social themes such as September 1, 1939 and The Shield of Achilles, poems on cultural and psychological themes such as The Age of Anxiety, and poems on religious themes such as For the Time Being and Horae Canonicae He was born in York, grew up in and near Birmingham in a professional middle class family He attended English independent or public schools and studied English at Christ Church, Oxford After a few months in Berlin in 1928 29 he spent five years 1930 35 teaching in English public schools, then travelled to Iceland and China in order to write books about his journeys In 1939 he moved to the United States and became an American citizen in 1946 He taught from 1941 through 1945 in American universities, followed by occasional visiting professorships in the 1950s From 1947 through 1957 he wintered in New York and summered in Ischia from 1958 until the end of his life he wintered in New York in Oxford in 1972 73 and summered in Kirchstetten, Austria.Auden s poetry was noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion, and its variety in tone, form and content He came to wide public attention at the age of twenty three, in 1930, with his first book, Poems, followed in 1932 by The Orators Three plays written in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood in 1935 38 built his reputation as a left wing political writer Auden moved to the United States partly to escape this reputation, and his work in the 1940s, including the long poems For the Time Being and The Sea and the Mirror, focused on religious themes He won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his 1947 long poem The Age of Anxiety, the title of which became a popular phrase describing the modern era In 1956 61 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford his lectures were popular with students and faculty and served as the basis of his 1962 prose collection The Dyer s Hand.From around 1927 to 1939 Auden and Isherwood maintained a lasting but intermittent sexual friendship while both had briefer but intense relations with other men In 1939 Auden fell in love with Chester Kallman and regarded their relation as a marriage this ended in 1941 when Kallman refused to accept the faithful relation that Auden demanded, but the two maintained their friendship, and from 1947 until Auden s death they lived in the same house or apartment in a non sexual relation, often collaborating on opera libretti such as The Rake s Progress, for music by Igor Stravinsky.Auden was a prolific writer of prose essays and reviews on literary, political, psychological and religious subjects, and he worked at various times on documentary films, poetic plays, and other forms of performance Throughout his career he was both controversial and influential, and critical views on his work ranged from sharply dismissive, treating him as a lesser follower of W.B Yeats and T.S Eliot, to strongly affirmative, as in Joseph Brodsky s claim that he had the greatest mind of the twentieth century After his death, some of his poems, notably Funeral Blues, Mus e des Beaux Arts, Refugee Blues, The Unknown Citizen, and September 1, 1939, became known to a much wider public than during his lifetime through films, broadcasts, and popular media.

    269 thoughts on “Lettere dall'Islanda”

    1. I thought Hetty's letters to Nancy were very funny.Bits I liked:"Every exciting letter has enclosures,""The old woman confessing: 'He that I loved theBest, to him I was the worst.'""The songs of jazz have told us of a moon countryAnd we like to dream of a heat which is never sultry,Melons to eat, champagne to drink, and a lazyMusic hour by hour depetalling the daisy.""The Borg is called a first-class hotel but is not the kind of thing you like if you like that kind of thing: still it is the only [...]


    2. L'idea di scrivere m'è venuta oggi(amo specificare tempo e luogo); l'autobus era nel deserto, sulla strada da Mothrudalur a qualche altro luogo; lacrime scorrevano sul mio volto bruciante: ad Akureyri m'ero preso un tremendo raffreddore, il pranzo ritardava e la vita era dolore. Il professor Housman fu il primo a cui pensai di dire in stampa quanto stimolantisono i piccoli mali da cui l'uomo è afflitto, i raffreddori, i mal di testa, i dolorison creativi; così non è azzardato l'affermare che [...]


    3. The premise: on the eve of WWII, the young WH Auden and one of his poet friends spend an idyllic summer traveling around Iceland and sending witty letters and poems home.The product isn't as interesting as the premise sounds (partly due to my extremely low tolerance for so-called "funny" poetry, I'm sure). Auden's letters, however, made the read worthwhile and made me want to start up a correspondence (ideally multiple). It's hard to buy a copy in print in the US, but if you get it at the librar [...]



    4. Five stars for the poetry.Seven stars for 'Last will and testament'.Two stars for the letters of Hetty to Nancy, which I sadly could not understand nor appreciate.Sixteen stars for Iceland.


    5. A lovely little travel narrative, this isn't your usual guidebook. Letters from Iceland is filled with poetry and notes home. Auden's voice, especially, is charming, though MacNeice's final poem is wonderful. While I read this in preparation for a trip to Iceland, it's actually a good read for any interested in seeing Europe (and England) at a very particular moment between wars, with colonialism not quite over and the depression hitting the world hard. Auden and MacNeice, two intellectuals, hav [...]


    6. Auden in IJslandAuden reisde in 1936 door IJsland met de schrijver Louis MacNeice. Hij schreef over deze reis het werk 'Brieven uit IJsland'. Het is een briljante en eigenzinnige collage van brieven, gedichten (aan Byron), reisimpressies, literaire beschouwingen en anekdotes. Een aanrader voor degene die a. zonder dit boek te kennen naar IJsland is geweest b. er ooit naar toe wil gaan of c. liever Laxness leest en thuisblijft.



    7. Published in 1937, I first read this in 1978 (gulp) and again this year, nearly as much time having gone by since, which is very scary. I remember enjoying this as a teenager but remembered little of the detail, apart from the poem in the style of Byron's Don Juan. This is far from being a conventional travel book but somehow, through the poems, notes and letters both fictional and presumably genuine you do get a sense of Iceland as seen by English visitors in the 1930s, with a bit of the wider [...]


    8. Los caminos del mundo editorial son inescrutables. ¿Cómo es posible que les haya dado por traducir y publicar este extraño libro? Supongo que las razones que apunté sobre el libro de Xavier Moret no son ajenas a ello. Dos poetas británicos se embarcan en los años treinta en un egotrip autosuficiente y presuntuoso por tierras islandesas. En este libro se dedican a dar la matraca sobre sus personas: que si sus poemas, que si sus obras listas para imprenta, sus canciones alemanas, su resfriad [...]


    9. I am rather split brained about Letters From Iceland by W. H. Auden and Louis MacNeice. There were pieces of it that had me roaring with laughter and other pieces where I just had to skip out of boredom or disinterest.Letters From Iceland is a collection of writings inspire by a trip to Iceland. It was published in 1937 and has been reprinted a number of times. W. H. Auden provided about two-thirds of the pieces including a lengthy (and rather dull) epic poem called a "Letter to Lord Byron." Lou [...]


    10. This is a strange little book but I did enjoy it. It's a collection pieces tangentially related to Iceland. It was sometimes a bit impenetrable - it seems to have been written for Auden's clique, or at least people who would have had a working knowledge of the society, people and politics of the 1930s. Names and events were frequently mentioned without explanation and some I knew but a lot of them didn't mean anything. On the upside I really liked the letters to Byron and the strange little stor [...]


    11. An enjoyable and occasionally very witty read. It's a shame Auden didn't really seem to have a lot of fun, or to like Iceland all that well. Since it was his love of Norse literature in part that drew him to Iceland, it would have been nice if he'd given some idea of how it felt to be in the land where the events took place, whether it was disappointment or whether there was some satisfaction in the pilgrimage. I think overall from inference Iceland was a disappointment to Auden. Journey to Icel [...]


    12. A rambling but user-friendly blend of narrative, epistolary, commentary and poetry, the book takes one back to a time before blogs and interminable Facebook photo albums and demonstrates how experience and observation can be skillfully wielded by artists into the sublime and aesthetic, regardless of topic. I primarily picked this book up in order to grasp the full context of Auden's poem to Lord Byron, but the text, photos, maps and assorted details of his and Macniece's trip left me pleasantly [...]


    13. i had to wait about four months to finally get a copy of this from the nypl. if you try to buy a copy online it's like 80 dollars. my favorite parts were about the icelandic diet. i really did like how lazy and simple this book was but probably for this reason i couldn't propel myself through the second half. probably just more of the same anyway.


    14. In 1936 poets WH Auden and Louis MacNeice travelled together to Iceland and documented their travels in prose, poetry and imagined letters. Humorous, entertaining and and insight into the place and the time.


    15. In Auden's words,I like to walk, but not to walk too far.I also like green plains where cattle are, And trees and rivers, and shall always quarrel With those who think that rivers are immoral.


    16. A fun, and in a few places also a little absurd, "travel book", written by poets W.H. Auden and Louis MacNeice in 1936, political comments certainly not excluded. My favourite is Auden's long poetic "Letter to Lord Byron".


    17. 2 poets on ponyback through the 'geysirs' in 1936 (with nazis scouting the place for the future themepark of the ur-reich) - auden is too funny, esp when writing in the voice of a schoolmistress to her beloved hetty in greece, or regaling his idol byron a la byron.




    18. Auden and MacNeice were initially unsure how to write this. They finally adopted the voices of two British schoolgirls on holiday and wrote the entire thing in very fruity tones. Quite amusing.


    19. Super-love these writers and super-love letters and super-love travel. Read if you enjoyed Travels with Charley by Steinbeck!



    20. This book made me incredibly happy. Poetry, history, satire and Iceland: everything a bored student needs and more.


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