I sometimes dream of a language where there are no nouns, only verbs. Serenity and surrender are extremely hard work, requiring endless reiteration. Familiar dangers loom in what in certain lights appears to be a defensive claim to superior authenticity, and it’s a relief when Kaplinski looks to the traditions of Jewish scholarship and teaching as an example of a tradition worth upholding, rather than to the grim, corrosive nationalism which has emerged so widely in eastern Europe since Four translators, Kaplinski included, create a cloth that feels whole. What cannot grow up grows down — nails and hairs of the beard into the flesh, unrequited desires calcifying our blood vessels, envy changing into ulcers, sadness into lice, dirt into flies. This unlived life is like a boiling water pot in our hands which we hurry to put away, and there is no time for anything else, and we are angry at all who sit quietly around the kitchen table and talk about Erich Fromm and that destructivity is the result of an unlived life.
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A reader is not plagued with that uneasy thought that the poems would be better in the original. This, in brief outline, is the novel’s plot, in which realist descriptions alternate with mystical epiphanies, psychological probings, and reflections on culture, with precisely rendered shots of the social climate of the period, big emotions with subtle ironies. Serenity kaplknski surrender are extremely hard work, requiring endless reiteration.
The Mookse and th He understands man as both a meaning maker and an image maker. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Four poems Poetry I could have said: And kaplinskj is much harder to learn than knowing.
This semi-autobiographical Bildungsroman, set in the early s, narrates the efforts of Kaplinski’s youthful alter ego to lose his innocence and attain sexual kaplinsii mystical knowledge. Later in the same poem:. He has been named as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The possibility of rain… If rain His work is not hermetic, does not generally deal in fables or go in disguise.
For quite a time I haven’t permitted myself to hope it would come back. Kaplinski made his debut inand now has roughly 40 books to his credit. Familiar dangers loom in what in certain lights appears to be a defensive claim to superior authenticity, and it’s a relief when Kaplinski looks to the traditions of Jewish scholarship and teaching as an example of a tradition worth upholding, rather than to the grim, corrosive nationalism which has emerged so widely in eastern Europe since He has been influenced by Eastern philosophical schools taoism and especially buddhism.
I stood on the dusty roadside where a young maple and dog-roses grew. History, he seems to suggest, kapinski a by-product of physics, which is in turn a process without substance or cause. They are not the stained memories of a grim childhood or failed human relationships. Let God be free, whether he exist or no.
Selected Poems by Jaan Kaplinski – review
The twenty-year-old protagonist finds an unofficial teacher in a retired theologian and poet, who is out of favour with the communist authorities. Kapilnski, too, the world seems present in the poems for its own sake, not as a pretext: Loading comments… Trouble loading?
Nicole Zdeb is a poet and educational assessment designer in Portland, OR. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Salt Smugglers by Gerard de Nerval Nerval is remembered as a minor literary figure, an eccentric who kaplimski his pet lobster on a r This primal loss seems to have imparted an acute awareness of mortality and the fragility of life. Since then he has lived as a freelance writer on a farm in Southern Estonia.
Four poems – Jaan Kaplinski – Poems | Estonian Literature
He has been a student of Mahayana Buddhism, as well as other Eastern philosophies. Kapliinski Kaplinksi is a humanist, having worked as a sociologist, a researcher in linguistics, an ecologist, and a lecturer on the History of Western Civilization at Tartu University. Constellations, contours, profiles, Outlines, ground plans, principles, reasons, Ulterior motives and consequences.
His humanism and spiritual inquiry is evidenced through the opening poem of the Selectedas he gestures to the East.