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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Kat Bach marked it as to-read Oct 25, Jun 01, Lucinda rated it it was ok.

Kytice: Czech & English Bilingual Edition

This is where the girl has been erbenn away by her bridegroom, who, because she has prayed to the Virgin Mary to return him at any price, has come from beyond the grave. Finally she pleads and pleads with her husband to let her go just once more to visit her mother. The format is erbfn 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 more so, the translator, Susan Reynolds.

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. Three times this happens. But it would be a mistake to see him only as a pedant. My favourite one is “The wedding shirt”. Glow, moon, glow, That my thread may sew. And now we’ve reached the climax:. These tales are full of darkness and violence true, for what is a fairy tale without spilled blood?


We’ll end with another of the poems from “Kytice” – “The Bouquet”. Expanded inthe collection published here has inspired generations of artists and composers, including Dvorak, Smetana, and Janacek. First published inthese poems, along with Macha’s Maj and N mcova’s Babi ka, are the efben loved and most widely read 19th century Czech classics. Iris Tower marked it as to-read Oct 23, I think that Erben did an amazing job in presenting the Czech folklore and legends in that pure, real and original form yet shaped so that it can be timeless.

Mar 15, Nell rated it it was amazing. Gabrunilda rated it it was amazing Jan kttice, Just as she’s dipping her first dress into the water, the bridge collapses and she falls in – into a whirlpool – and then we see the goblin under his tree, clapping his hands in delight. After a great deal of procrastination he finally says that she may for one day, but when the bells ring out for Vespers she must come straight home again.

Broadcast in English Broadcast Archive. Tsvety Dzhekova marked it as to-read Jan 09, While I generally prefer translations that aim for literal meaning, these tales seem best captured and conveyed through rhyme and rhythm, so the translation seems fine. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Anyone who finds Grimm’s Fairy Tales to their liking will like this book. Guilt alone stands firm. Three years he’s been lyingThe dead man, in his grave; On the mound that marks it Fresh green grasses wave. Roman marked it erbeb to-read Mar 23, Vertaling Vertaald door Susan Reynolds. Just to put it into context, these are some of the most famous lines in Czech poetry.


This is pretty melodramatic stuff. The family story is that she had a child there and gave it away to a cousin, and then returned to the US. In winkelwagen Op verlanglijstje. A lot of ressemblance to some of Grimm’s tales, which is interresting.

She had no tomb at all As her last abode; Only a massive stone Pressed her with its load.

Kytice: Czech & English Bilingual Edition by Karel Jaromír Erben

Although this is a really old book there are kinda zombies in one of the stories!!! Which is sad because I would have otherwise enjoyed these tales a lot more than I did. Can you tell me what the poem is about? On the lake the storm is shrieking; In the storm the child screams shrill; Screams that pierce the soul with anguish, Then they suddenly fall still.

One of my favourite books of all times. She came from Chotusice, a little village in Bohemia that I have visited and where various 3rd cousins of mine still live. More from Radio Prague. My favourite character is the Water Goblin, haha: Blayne rated it it was amazing Jul 04,