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Messing About in Boats Michael Hofmann (Professor of English, University of Florida)

Messing About in Boats By Michael Hofmann (Professor of English, University of Florida)

Messing About in Boats by Michael Hofmann (Professor of English, University of Florida)


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Based on the author's Clarendon Lectures, this volume studies four water-borne poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, Eugenio Montale, and Karen Solie that each study a different aspect of 'the ship'.

Messing About in Boats Summary

Messing About in Boats by Michael Hofmann (Professor of English, University of Florida)

Written by the eminent poet Michael Hofmann, this approachable and companionable book offers readings of four poems on the subject of boats. Based on Michael Hofmann's Clarendon lectures, this volume offers readings of four poems in German, French, Italian, and English, by Rainer Maria Rilke, Arthur Rimbaud, Eugenio Montale, and Karen Solie. All four poems are on the subject of boats: 'Emigrant Ship', the 'Bateau Ivre', 'Boats on the Marne', and 'The World'. The volume suggests an affinity between boats and poems, offers a partial lineage of boats in poems, and pursues four variant destinies: the boat that stays in port, the boat that gives itself to the world, the boat that is washed away down the river, and the one that goes manically and hubristically on forever. The volume retains the style of lectures and has an improvisational character, with the same fire and detail as the things it is about. It is written with a sense of fun, of revelation, and in a spirit of respect and attention.

Messing About in Boats Reviews

The most original aspect of Michael Hofmann's own contribution to poetry involve his skillful manipulation of multilingual expertise, which contributes to his mobile and multifaceted style. [...] it is extremely illuminating. * Paul Giles, Australian Book Review *
Thoughtful and familiar, an engaging and often exuberant work of literary criticism. * Tatler's Books of the Year so Far *

About Michael Hofmann (Professor of English, University of Florida)

Michael Hofmann is Professor of English at the University of Florida. His poems, reviews, and essays have been published in the Guardian, London Review of Books, Modern Painters, New Yorker, New York Review of Books, New York Times, Poetry, Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. He is the author of two collections of critical writing, Behind the Lines (2001) and Where Have You Been? (2014) and six books of poems, most recently, One Lark, One Horse (2018). He has edited selections of John Berryman, W.S. Graham, Robert Lowell, and Malcolm Lowry. He has translated some 80 books from German, poetry (Gottfried Benn, Gunter Eich, Durs Grunbein), plays (Bertolt Brecht and Patrick Suskind), and fiction (all of Peter Stamm, most of Joseph Roth and Wolfgang Koeppen, large parts of Hans Fallada, Gert Hofmann, Franz Kafka, and Wim Wenders, and single books by many more, including Thomas Bernhard, Elias Canetti, Ernst Junger, Irmgard Keun, Herta Muller, and Jakob Wassermann).

Table of Contents

Introduction 1: Rainer Maria Rilke: 'Emigranten-Schiff, Neapel' 2: Arthur Rimbaud: 'Le Bateau Ivre', 'The Drunken Ship' 3: Eugenio Montale: 'Barche sulla Marna', 'Boats on the Marne' 4: Karen Solie: 'The World' Conclusion Bibliography and Notes

Additional information

NPB9780198848042
9780198848042
0198848048
Messing About in Boats by Michael Hofmann (Professor of English, University of Florida)
New
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2021-02-25
128
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