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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Nov 28, Colca rated it it was amazing. The weak translation didn’t stimulate my brain much so I don’t have much to say about the tales either, except that they are interesting for their not so happy endings, at least most of the time.

My grandfather also told of actually receiving coal in his stocking at Christmas. Simona Dockalova rated it really liked it Dec 21, On the mound, grasses; At his head, a young oak grows; On that young oak-tree sits A small dove, white as snow. Glow, moon, glow, That my thread may sew.

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On the lake the storm is shrieking; Wrben the storm the child screams shrill; Screams that pierce the soul with anguish, Then they suddenly fall still. Three times this happens. Finally she pleads and pleads with her husband to let her go just once more to visit her mother.

lytice I absolutel I did read this book in Czech, however i will write the review in english; I am not that huge fan of our Slavic literature, no matter which region it comes from. The presence of Christian tradition is a bit heavy in some of the tales, but there are plenty of familiar folk-tale genre specific elements, with some tales new to someone not familiar with the particular tradition from which this draws.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jun 01, Lucinda rated it it was ok. Great book, recommend it.

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

So dark and full of gore. Great collection of ballads. So even though this is a Chzech book, I’m going to write this review in English, because I want as many people as possible to read this.

Time is flying, flying, Nothing’s as before; What was not, is coming, What was, is no more. Milla marked it as to-read Jul 26, Roman marked it as to-read Mar 23, Books for this programme supplied by Shakespeare and Sons. I don’t say that about things at all, but this books can just give you chills.

Kytice: Czech & English Bilingual Edition

He had spent many years working as an archivist in the city of Prague exploring many ancient historical documents, which gave him a strong sense of Czech history, of the country’s past greatness and its future potential. Want to Read saving…. But there is always a powerful moral undercurrent running underneath, a system of punishment and reward often unpalatable to a modern audience.

Your graceful body, white and pure, Would have been like those shirts, for sure! Oh, free me, Mary, Mother of grace From the evil forces in this place. The family story is that she had a child there and gave it away to a cousin, and then returned to the US. Srben marked it as to-read Jul 17, A book about dearh, murder, death, murder This is probably a slight exaggeration, isn’t it?

Vanessa rated it it was amazing May 01, First published inthese poems, along with Macha’s Edben and N mcova’s Babi ka, are the eben loved and most widely read 19th century Czech classics. William Shakespeare Sonnets 5, Kyticeusually translated into English as Bouquet but meaning something closer to A Handful of Wild-flowersis a collection of Czech folk-tales written in rhyming verse.


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. This we can’t do in English, where many lines of poetry begin with a weak up-beat rather than a strong down-beat. Czech photographer in Cambodia: The Virgin Mary here can be as capricious as any pagan goddess, but redemption is available for even monsters.

This made Erben and Banquet, an important literary work of his, essential reading for a guy like me. Kim marked it as to-read Jan kjtice, I’m going to be talking to someone who knows a great deal about Erben, Susan Reynolds, who is curator of Czech and Slovak literature at the British Library in London.

She didn’t like living in the US, and after my grandfather was born inshe returned home with him for a while.

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 Kttice 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.

In fact she poisoned him.