An epic poem about youth

  • Auteur: Herman Gorter
  • SKU: 9789083133621
  • Verschenen: 01-02-2022
  • Leverbaar: Direct
  • Levertijd (NL): Op werkdagen voor 18:00 uur besteld, morgen in huis
  • Druk: 2e druk
  • Productvorm: Harde kaft
  • Taal: Engels
  • Uitgever: Arimei Books
  • Aantal pagina's: 332
€ 24,50


Herman Gorter's masterpiece, in a translation that celebrates youth's sweet melancholy.

Special bilingual and annotated edition, with a foreword by Lloyd Haft. Volume 1 of 'The Essential Gorter'.

'May' is Volume 1 of 'The Essential Gorter'. The classic original Dutch text 'Mei' is included in this special edition.

'May' describes the magical journey of adolescence against the background of Holland’s flowery dunescapes. In strokes of wonder-filled impressions a stunningly unspoiled girl, May, explores the promise of springtime and the intense spiritual life of youth.

However, the cycle of life always moves on, and as May matures and returns to earth, she finds it readying for summer.

When Herman Gorter published 'May' (Dutch: Mei) in 1889, this spontaneous and vibrant epic poem was immediately recognized by his peers as a landmark of Dutch literature. 'May' was perhaps an inevitable product of the artistically revolutionary and highly lucid spirit in The Netherlands of the 1880s. While Gorter’s contemporary, Vincent Van Gogh, had just completed the groundbreaking 'Sunflowers' series of paintings, Gorter succeeded with 'May' in composing his own artistic monument of colourful and innovative power.

'The reader is drawn almost breathlessly onward through magnificent word-groups ... full of surprising turns of phrase ... Before you know it, you'll be reading it out loud!' - Lloyd Haft, poet

'Closer to Gorter is near impossible' - Jan de Jong for Tzum.

'A must-read for anyone with an interest in language and poetry...' - Dr. Jacqueline Bel, Professor of Literature, VU Amsterdam, CAANS Magazine.

'This thoughtful, lyrical translation will stir the imagination and invite consideration of what makes the heart sing, even if the joy, like May, is only temporary. The poem, though, will endure.' - Editor's Pick, Booklife

Translated by M. Kruijff. Bilingual and annotated edition.
Recensie door Jan de Jong

...Dichter bij Gorter zal geen Engelstalige lezer ooit komen. Zowel in Verzen, als in Mei, Pan of in enig ander werk was Herman Gorter allereerst een stemmingsdichter, iemand die bij uitstek zijn lezers op een golf van gevoel kon meevoeren. Dát is de kern van zijn werk. En de twee delen van The Essential Gorter juist daarin meesterlijk geslaagd.
Selected Poems
Selected Poems

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The Essential Gorter
The Essential Gorter

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