Kytice was inspired by Erben’s love of Slavonic myth and the folklore surrounding such creatures as The Noonday Witch and The Water Goblin. First published. : Kytice: Czech & English Bilingual Edition (): Karel Jaromir Erben, Susan Reynolds: Books. : Kytice (): Karel Jaromir Erben: Books.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Czechs of any age will probably be able to recite them from memory. Great book, recommend it.

The girl is eren for her mother; her only light is her child. Rahul rated it liked it Oct 15, They travel together over hill, over dale and through the marshes until they come to his palace, which to her horror is a church surrounded by a graveyard full of crosses.

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Jan 20, Ai Eater no Kuroyake rated it liked it. The Virgin Mary here can be as capricious as any pagan goddess, but redemption is available for even monsters. The family story is that she had a child there and gave it away to a cousin, and then returned to the US.

The physical book is beautiful.

Expanded inthe collection published here has inspired generations of artists and composers, including Dvorak, Smetana, and Janacek.

Those are distant echoes of the kind of tales contained in this collection. Jul 25, Ada rated it it was amazing. We’ll start with the opening few lines of “The Water-Goblin”. In some versions – in some folk-tales that Erben collected elsewhere – he’s quite a comical, genial figure, but this one is slightly more sinister. Oh, poor, poor girl! Kat Bach marked it as to-read Oct 25, Bekijk alle in prijs verlaagde artikelen.


He comes back repeatedly – three times – and finally, as a great storm roars over the waters, there’s a great thud on the doorstep. Published here in the expanded version, the collection has moved generations Kytice was inspired by Erben’s love of Slavonic myth and the folklore surrounding such creatures as The Noonday Witch and The Water Goblin. When I have children I would be happy to read at least half of these tales to them before their bedtime.

Many of the poems could be described as horror. At first I wasn’t sure if it was the translations since a few were good and some stories may just have not had much to bring to English. Overige kenmerken Extra groot lettertype Nee.

Karel Jaromir Erben – one of the greatest of all Czech poets, now at last in English translation

I have a quote here from another well-known 19th century Czech writer, Jan Neruda, who wrote of Erben – and I’ll paraphrase what he wrote here:. While I plan on keeping this book on my shelf to reference the information on the tales and Slavic folklore at the end of the book, those looking to read Erben should not read this book, at least not first, unless they can read the original in Czech and until a new and better translation comes out.

The reason why he’s not better known in the outside world, of course, is the notorious difficulty of translating poetry, and I’m hoping that when – as we hope next year – these poems are going to be published in translation, this will do something to make him wider known in the rest of the world, as he deserves to be.


Roman marked it as to-read Mar 23, The format is a little difficult to get used to, but Kytice is an astonishing piece of work on behalf of both the author, Karel Erben, and perhaps even I came across Kytice after reading an interview in which it was recommended by author Helen Oyeyemi, and I am thankful for her for bringing attention to this lovely little book.

The artwork is dark and macabre, far from charming, and captures the nature of the poems perfectly. Just as she’s dipping her first dress into the water, the bridge collapses and she falls in – into a whirlpool – and then we see the goblin under his tree, clapping his hands in delight.

Simona Dockalova rated it really liked it Dec 21, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Time is flying, flying, Nothing’s as before; What was not, is coming, What was, is no more.

Two years later, inhe became archives’ secretary of the National Museum. Andrew rated it it was amazing Oct 09, The girl on whom he has set his sights is completely unsuspecting. Pleasantly surprised by this collection of folk-tale inspired poems. Then, inhe went to Kytiec where he studied philosophy and later law. But I did what I could with this.