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Books to get closer to the work of Louise Glück, Nobel Prize for Literature 2020


Nobel Prize winner for Literature 2020, Louise Glück is considered one of the bigger voices of American poetry. Drawn from simple beauty from nature and from his childhood the material for his work.

One of his poems, “Japonica“(a group of butterflies) recalls the refined art of Japanese painters, beginning with” The trees bloom / on the hill. / They bear / large solitary flowers, / japonica “.

In an interview with a magazine American poetry in 2006, denied being a specialist in floral motifs: “I have had many inquiries about horticulture, but I am not a horticulturist.”

Poet Louise Glück wins the Nobel Prize for literature

In 1992, he published “The Wild Iris” (Wild Iris), which displays an entire garden and earned him the Pulitzer Prize, one of the most prestigious in the world.

The poems do not last as objects, but as presences. When you read something worth remembering, you release a human voice: you return a fellow spirit to the world. I read poems to hear that voice. I write to speak to those I have listened to, “Glück wrote in the PEN / Martha Albrand award-winning essay” Proofs and Theories. “

Although dedicated to confidentiality that our it was a reserve for free verse, his poetry is very accessible. You do not need a critical explanatory apparatus, and Louise Glück’s English can be read without too much difficulty as long as you have some notion of this language.

Adept of the simplicity, cites as first influences of youth poets known for their clarity of expression, William Butler Yeats (Nobel Prize 1923) and TS Eliot (Nobel Prize 1948).

In addition to nature, the great source of inspiration is his childhood.

Loss of a sister

I was a lonely girl. My interactions with the world as a social being were unnatural, forced, like representations, and I was happier when I read. Well, not everything was that sublime, I watched a lot of television and also ate a lot, “he says.

his patronymic Germanic comes from his Jewish Hungarian grandparents who immigrated to America in the early 20th century. She was born in 1943 in New York City, into a family that encouraged her to express her creativity.

One of his childhood heroines was Joan of Arc, to whom he dedicated a short poem in 1975. “And now the voices answer that I must become fire, according to God’s plan.”

Adolescence was difficult, she suffered from anorexia. One of his traumas is the loss of an older sister, who died shortly after birth.

My sister spent a lifetime on earth. / She was born, she died. / Meanwhile, / not an awake look, not a sentence, “he says in” Lost Love “(” Lost Love “, 1990).

After dropping out of school, he got married and then quickly divorced. The poetess began to reveal herself through her first anthology in 1968, “Firstborn” (Firstborn). With a second marriage, she found more stability: she went back to school and became a college student.

Throughout Glück’s poetic work, many of the central figures in his poems are female (…) be it a young woman often described as someone’s daughter, or a mother, “writes literature researcher Allison Cooke.

Glück is mother of a child.

The young woman in Glück’s poetry fits into the feminist discourse on ‘what it means to be a woman,’ “adds Cooke.

In more than 50 years, has published 13 anthologies. The last one, in 2014, is titled “Faithful and Virtuous Night“(Faithful and virtuous night).

Seven of the works of Glück have been translated into Spanish, all by the independent Spanish publisher Pre-Textos. His latest book, “A village life”, published last May, was translated by the Venezuelan Adalber Salas.

Salas has described it as “an exceptional and unexpectedly necessary volume of poetry given the new circumstances that surround us, this strange world that we are forced to inhabit” due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Delicacy (…) and tender rawness are perhaps the two of the most memorable marks of Louise Glück’s style “, Salas reflected when presenting the book in a video broadcast by Pre-Textos on her Twitter account.