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Bard of Iceland: Jónas Hallgrímsson, Poet and Scientist

Ringler, Richard

Editore: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002
ISBN 10: 0299177203 / ISBN 13: 9780299177201
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Data di pubblicazione: 2002

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Bard of Iceland makes available for the first time in any language other than Icelandic an extensive selection of works by Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807?1845), the most important poet of modern Iceland. Jónas was also Iceland?s first professionally trained geologist and an active contributor in a number of other scientific fields: geography, botany, zoology, and archaeology. He played a key role as well in Iceland?s struggle to gain independence from Denmark. "Descriptive power and fullness of spirit were the hallmarks of his soul," wrote a contemporary admirer.
    Dick Ringler, one of the premier scholars of Icelandic literature in the world, offers a substantial biography of Jónas, a representative selection of his most important poems, and some of his prose work in science and belles lettres. Ringler also provides extended commentaries and an essay on Icelandic prosody.
    The poems are translated into English equivalents of their original complex meters in Icelandic and Danish. As a poet Jónas was intimately familiar with his nation?s medieval literary inheritance?the sagas and eddas?and also with the groundbreaking work of contemporary German and Danish Romanticism (Chamisso, Heine, Oehlenschläger). A master of poetic form, Jónas not only exploited and enlarged the possibilities of traditional eddic and skaldic meters, but introduced the sonnet, triolet stanza, terza and ottava rima, and blank verse into the Icelandic metrical repertory.

Dal retro di copertina: "A major undertaking brilliantly accomplished. The scholarship is massive, but worn lightly. Ringler has essentially created (for English-speakers) the field of modern Icelandic literature."—Joseph Harris, Harvard University

"Ringler’s work is simply groundbreaking. It makes the most important poet of Iceland available to readers of English throughout the world."—Sveinn Yngvi Egilsson, University of Iceland

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