Michael hamburger poems. Hamburger was educated at oxford university where he befriended the poets dylan thomas and philip larkin. He became a noted british poet critic memoirist acad. Michael hamburger was born in berlin in 1924 and came to britain as a child. This lifelong preoccupation culminates in this fourth bilingual edition incorporating revisions new translations and other supplementary material.
Michael hamburger is an english poet of recent german ancestry a fact that makes it easy to understand the unhappy historical consciousness that marks his work. While in college hamburger was drafted into the army and served in austria and italy during world war ii. He attended westminster school and read modern languages at christ church oxford where his contemporaries included philip larkin and john heath stubbs. Karen leeder is a writer translator and academic and teaches german at new college oxford where she works especially on modern poetry.
Michael hamburger obe 22 march 1924 7 june 2007 was a noted british translator poet critic memoirist and academiche was known in particular for his translations of friedrich hölderlin paul celan gottfried benn and w. His awards include the german federal republics goethe medal in 1986 for services to german literature. He taught widely in america and britain and was an outstanding contemporary translator and critic of german literature. It is the classic english edition of hölderlins poetry for our age.
She translates contemporary german literature. Michael hamburger 1924 2007 was born into a german family of jewish descent in berlin emigrating with them to england in 1933. Michael hamburger has been translating the poetry of friedrich hölderlin 1770 1843 for over half a century. His father was a german jewish professor of pediatrics and the family fled nazi germany for britain in 1933.
Poems by michael hamburger. Sebald from german and his work in literary criticismthe publisher paul hamlyn 19262001 was his younger brother. Michael hamburger is the author of truth of poetry 412 avg rating 25 ratings 3 reviews published 1971 selected poems 425 avg rating 16 ratings. Anvil published his critical work the.
His studies were interrupted by the second world war and army service. Poet translator and critic michael hamburger was born in berlin in 1924.