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Harry Martinson (1904-1978) was noted for his innovative use of language combined with his keen observations of nature. Views from a Tuft of Grass, written later in his life, in 1963, continues his observations on nature, but the essays of this volume reflect a maturer and cleaner style and are less philosophically dense than the earlier works - a book translator Lars Nordstrom describes is a kind of coda, that focuses not just on nature but explores the importance of childhood folktales, our way of viewing the world from a history of maps, and thoughtful meditation on the way a poet ought to write his poems.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 4.5" Height: 6.25" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher Green Integer
ISBN 1931243786 ISBN13 9781931243780
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More About Harry Martinson, Erland Anderson & Lars Norstrom
Martinson won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1974.
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Looking More Closely at Nature's Secrets Sep 3, 2006
Coming upon Harry Martinson's VIEWS FROM A TUFT OF GRASS is a reminder of how few writers and poets have stepped out of the ordinary means of painting visual pictures with words to transcend the written page and enter the ether of the atmosphere that contains all of nature's beauty.
Harry Martinson, born in Sweden in 1904 and awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1974, approached such apparently routine topics - water, boating, maps, etc - in a manner that supported his thesis that reality and imagination must be intermingled in order to illustrate nature through words. Included in this inspiring little book are essays on the subject of nature writing, strongly suggesting that the use of familiar terms to describe unique moments results only in clichés. His message is to urge writers (and readers!) to heighten their sensitivity by pushing the standard limits of descriptive words into a realm that allows a stronger communication of the mysteries of the moments of nature that pass us constantly, for the most part unnoticed.
His language is simple and eloquent: 'In a sky reflected downward on a lake, the clouds whirl around like summer spirits, and as you row across this sky of water your oar dips quietly towards evening like a dark wooden spoon into the cloud-milk'. The book is translated from the Swedish by Lars Nordstrom and Erland Anderson in what seems to be a deeply sensitive manner. This brief book (only 152 pages) should be part of the library of every poet and every reader of poetry. Harry Martinson has much to offer, both in his own writings and in his advice to all of us. Grady Harp, September 06