Early Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert

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May 1997
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Early Poetry of Jaroslav Seifert

Jaroslav Seifert

Nobel Prize winner Jaroslav Seifert's poetry is strongly situated within the Czech literary tradition of Poetism, which evolved into a playful, light-hearted refuge from world history while maintaining an edge of social consciousness. Called "a living symbol of the continuity in modern Czech literature" by Václav Havel, Seifert remains a towering figure in European poetry more than a decade after his death.

About the Author

Seifert published his first book of poetry, City of Tears, in 1921 and in the next several decades went through several phases of development. He wrote in an unaffected, down-to-earth style about the everyday concerns and emotions of common people. His early works reflected his interest in the Russian Revolution, dadaism, and surrealism. Later, he rejected Soviet communism and wrote poetry that protested the conquest of his homeland. Married in 1928, Seifert had two children. Throughout the latter part of his life, he lived quietly in a Prague suburb until his death from a heart ailment in 1986.
"Loewy has opened the door to an important phase of Seifert's career [for] readers of English." --Harvard Review

"We felt relief, when he was with us. What justification of existence can a small doomed nation give? The justification was here: the poet, square-shouldered . . . the tangible proof of the genius of the nation, the only glory of the powerless."

—Milan Kundera