It (poetry)

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It
Author Inger Christensen
Original title Det
Translator Susanna Nied
Country Denmark
Language Danish
Publisher Gyldendal
Publication date
1969
Published in English
2006
Pages 239
ISBN 87-00-33492-8

It (Danish: Det) is a 1969 book of poetry by the Danish writer Inger Christensen. The book focuses on social criticism, and lines from it have frequently been quoted in the Danish political discourse.[1] It received the Gyldne Laurbær for best Danish book of the year.[2]

Reception[edit]

The book was reviewed in Publishers Weekly in 2006: "Christensen's sprawling, cosmically ambitious, book-length poem became a national hit in Denmark soon after its 1969 publication, and it's not hard to see why. The segments' diverse shapes—prose litany, chiming quatrains, stuttering free verse, telegram, prose diary—show mastery enough for almost any taste, while the overarching ideology—liberation for the whole human person from institutions, laws, mere forms—perfectly fit the late '60s' radical mood. ... Nied (who also translated Christensen's Alphabet) duplicates the Danish poem's mathematical schemes while also conveying its freshness and sense of freedom."[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fox, Margalit (2009-01-12). "Inger Christensen, Scandinavian Poet, Is Dead at 73". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ "De Gyldne Laurbær". boghandlerklubben.dk (in Danish). Boghandlerklubben. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  3. ^ Staff writer (2006-10-16). "Fiction Review: It by Inger Christensen". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-02.