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May by [Karel Hynek Mácha, Jindrich Styrsky, Marcela Sulak]

May Kindle Edition

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Many works of art and literature are beloved because they are linked inextricably to the culture and age from which they sprang. [...] Macha's "May" seems to fit both categories: Stylistically, it has no real precedent in Czech literature, and yet over the past two centuries it has taken a central place in the hearts and minds of [Czechs] as the crowning achievement of Czech Romanticism. That fact is reason enough to read the poem. Marcela Sulak's skillful, sensitive translation of Macha's groundbreaking language is another. --The Prague Post

Marcela Sulak has beautifully maintained the same style of poetic language as Macha, with the use of the dash to represent silence and time lapse. Sulak's Introduction is also informative for the non-reader of Czech and fairly explains the difficulties in maintaining a true English parallel to the original. -- Slavic and East European Journal

To my mind the most modern Czech poem is K.H. Macha's May. -- Jindrich Styrsky
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Karel Hynek Macha was born on November 16, 1810 in an old part of Prague where his father was the foreman at one of the city's mills. At school he learned Latin and German, the two languages approved by the Hapsburg authorities, and later studied law at Prague University. His great model was Byron, with whom he shared a romantic idealism, wandering the Bohemian countryside to visit castle ruins, always making sketches and notes describing the natural beauty surrounding him. Influenced by the Czech intellectuals who were trying to revive the language at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Macha wrote May and many of his poems in Czech (though his early writing was in German, the compulsory language of his education). In this way he identified himself with the Byronic hero who gives his life to a cause. Macha died of pneumonia on November 5, 1836 just shy of his 26th birthday. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00LMHUAAU
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Twisted Spoon Press (7 July 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3514 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 121 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Romantic poem in great edition
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