: Kytice (): Karel Jaromir Erben: Books. When Karel Jaromír Erben (; portrait above from and I hope that the following version, part of a complete translation of Kytice to be. Karel Jaromír Erben – báseň Kytice. “Zemřela matka a do hrobu dána, siroty po ní zůstaly; i přicházely každičkého rána a matičku svou hledaly. I zželelo se.

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Two years later, inhe became archives’ secretary of the National Museum.

Return to Book Page. This we can’t do in English, where many lines of poetry begin with a weak up-beat rather than a strong down-beat. Mar 25, Liz Kordulova rated it it was amazing.

Sulak spent fifteen years “on and off” translating the poems, originally published in Czech inand claims that her translation, “is sensitive to Erben’s prosodic and syntactic innovations that produced a living language filled with the musicality for which Czechs have long been known. Czechs of any age will probably be able to recite them from memory. But there is always a powerful moral undercurrent running underneath, a system of punishment and reward often unpalatable to a modern audience.

Just to put it into context, these are some of the most famous lines in Czech poetry.

These tales are full of darkness and violence true, for what is a fairy tale without spilled blood? Up there, one grave is gaping wide, and in the dead-house stands a bride, and, upon every burial mound, shreds of new shirts are scattered round.

My grandfather also told of actually receiving coal in his stocking at Christmas. The reason why he’s not better known in the outside world, of course, is the notorious difficulty of translating poetry, and I’m hoping that when – as we hope next year – these poems are going to be published in translation, this will do something to make him wider known in the rest of the world, as he deserves to be.


: Karel Jaromír Erben – báseň Kytice

Maiden, you showed good sense indeed, To think on God in time of need, And from your evil groom were freed! He’s lonely and he wants a wife, as these interesting introductory lines say. She fills her apron with coins, and temporarily sets the child down in the barrow, intending to return to it once she has secured the treasure.

In this case it’s a bridegroom who comes back from beyond the grave to claim his girl, and she follows him to the grave and beyond it. The family story is that she had a child there and gave it away to a cousin, and then returned to the US.

Karel Jaromir Erben – one of the greatest of all Czech poets, now at last in English translation

Karle first Jxromir wasn’t sure if it was the translations since a few were good and some stories may just have not had much to bring to English. Witches, goblins and revenants abound, often clashing with the Christian church. Three times this happens.

I absolutel I did read this book in Czech, however i will write the review in english; I am not that huge fan of our Slavic literature, no matter which region it comes from. They travel together over hill, over dale and through the marshes until they come to his palace, which to her horror is a church surrounded by a graveyard full of crosses.

Oh, poor, poor girl!

Kytice – Wikipedia

A litany of murder, betrayal, evil spirits, and regret. The fa A litany of murder, betrayal, evil spirits, and regret.


While I generally prefer translations that erbwn for literal meaning, these tales seem best captured and conveyed through rhyme and rhythm, so the translation seems fine. One woman, most of all, Feels hers break this way; From her head she tears the hair, Calling in dismay: Great collection of ballads. But it just goes to show that behind the unique and lovely bookmaking that goes into the appearance of a Twisted Spoon book the publishers are content with giving their readers a tepid translation.

I will never listen to Noon Witch the same way again! Erben was one of the first people to use them No trivia or quizzes yet.

One frben my favorite czech books. She came from Chotusice, a little village in Bohemia that I have visited and where various 3rd cousins of mine still live. The format is a little difficult to get used to, but Kytice is an astonishing piece of work on behalf of both the author, Karel Erben, and perhaps even I came across Kytice after reading an interview in which it was recommended by author Helen Oyeyemi, and I am thankful for her for bringing attention to this lovely little book.

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She had no tomb at all As her last abode; Only a massive stone Pressed her with its load. Which is sad because I would have karle enjoyed these tales a lot more than I did.