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Herman Gorter: Poems of 1890 A Selection

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Copyright Date: 2015
Edition: 1
Published by: UCL Press
Pages: 104
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    Herman Gorter: Poems of 1890 A Selection
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    Commonly viewed as a revolutionary and propagandist Herman Gorter (1864–1927) is often overlooked despite his lasting contribution to Dutch poetry. This selection of thirty-one poems, translated by Paul Vincent, focuses on Gorter’s experimental love and nature lyrics in Poems of 1890, and the Introductionsets the poems in the context of his earlier seminal work 'Mei' (May) as well as his often neglected Socialist verse. The lyrical expansiveness, consistent use of rhyme and vivid imagery of the Dutch landscape that characterises 'Mei' evolves into more fragmentary verse in Poems of 1890, and the joyful celebratory tone of Gorter’s poetry increasingly co-exists with a sense of isolation and introspection. This can be viewed in the context of a rapidly changing political scene in Europe in the prelude to the First World War and the Russian Revolution. This is a valuable collection that revisits Gorter’s literary and political legacy, and introduces English-speaking readers to a selection of his most accessible and lyrical poems

    eISBN: 978-1-910634-12-7
    Subjects: Language & Literature, History
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  1. Paul Vincent

    If the name of Herman Gorter is still familiar to anyone outside the Low Countries, it is more likely to be as a revolutionary propagandist and an opponent of Lenin’s strategy at the Third International in 1920,¹ than as the most gifted Dutch poet of his age. At home he tends to be pigeonholed as the author of the poemMei(May, 1889), the anthem of the Generation of 1880, while his other, particularly his Socialist, verse is largely neglected.

    Gorter’s father Simon, a minister in the non-conformist Mennonite church, which advocated adult baptism, social involvement and pacifism, was himself...