The Essential Poetry of Bohdan Ihor Antonych: Ecstasies and Elegies

The Essential Poetry of Bohdan Ihor Antonych: Ecstasies and Elegies

The Essential Poetry of Bohdan Ihor Antonych: Ecstasies and Elegies

The Essential Poetry of Bohdan Ihor Antonych: Ecstasies and Elegies

Synopsis

The essential Poetry of Bohdan Ihor Antonych: Estasies and Elegies includes ninety-one of the best works of this great Modernist Ukrainian poet, who was born in the Lemko region of Poland and who died in 1937 at the age of twenty-eight. It includes selections from A Greeting to Life (1931), The Grand Harmony (1932-33), Three Rings (1934), The Book of the Lion (1936), The Green Gospel (1938), and Rotations (1938), as well as poetry published outside of collections. Over half of the translations are appearing in English for the first time. Scholars have compared Antonych to Walt Whitman, Dylan Thomas, T.S. Eliot, Rainer Marie Rilke, and Federico Garcia Lorca. Michael M. Naydan is Woskob Family Professor of Ukrainian Studies at The Pennsylvanina State University. Lidia Stefania is Senior Researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Excerpt

Light up the torch of the pale moon in the sky,
illuminate the darkness of the night with stars,
let hearts that are sick with loneliness take comfort
when they see thousands of Your worlds.

In a heart wrapped in the scarves of quiet peace,
melodious, harmonious is every tone.
The distance echoes with just barely audible harps,
wind tunes the night by the tuning fork of God.

Like beautiful, full-grown summer on spring’s flood,
a ripe fullness has matured in your soul.
Slightly darkened gray colors, just on the horizon
in the distance, the golden cupola of the setting sun.

The warm summer night rises in the fragrances of many flowers
high on mountain crests and wooded peaks.
Let us listen to the great concert in the evening as
God places his hands on the piano of the world.
March 23, 1932 . . .

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