May : An epic poem about youth [The Essential Gorter]. 2e druk

Gorter, Herman; Polakovičová, Eva; Baars, Cisca; Francken, Vicky; Leffring, Myrte; Walter, Anne; Kruijff, Michiel

Arimei Books, 2021
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Gorter's masterpiece May is a landmark of Dutch literature. This thoughtful, lyrical translation will invite consideration of what makes the heart sing, even if the joy, like May, is only temporary.

OVER DE AUTEUR: Herman Gorter (1864-1927)

Gorter was born in Wormerveer, a rural town in the north-western Netherlands. His father, a pastor, died when he was six years old. Gorter studied classical languages in Amsterdam and became a teacher at a high school.
In 1889, after three years of work on his epic poem May (in Dutch: Mei), Gorter finally could proclaim “the thing is done.” May was published in the contemporary periodical The New Guide (De Nieuwe Gids). It was a retrospect of Gorter’s youth, borrowing both form and theme from John Keats’ Endymion (1818), yet tracing its way through a wide range of impressions: of nature, music, love, the search for the divine, disillusion, transience, and melancholic reflection. Spontaneous and full of vibrant imagery, May quickly became a landmark of the 1880s literary movement in The Netherlands, the so-called ‘Eightiers’ (Tachtigers), which attempted to reclaim aesthetics for art.
In 1890, the even more innovative Verses (Verzen) were published, in which Gorter digs further and tries to let his spiritual and sensual emotions express themselves. Always in search of the ultimate form of poetry, Gorter would gradually distance himself from the individualistic ‘Eightiers’ movement. He became increasingly politically engaged and turned to expressing his Marxist ideals through his work, for example in the epic poem Pan (1916) and Lyrics (Liedjes, 1930). Gorter however never gave up his identity as a poet. Love remained a key theme in his work until his death.


May describes the magical journey of adolescence against
the background of Holland’s flowery dunescapes. In brush strokes of wonder-filled impressions a stunningly unspoiled girl, May, explores the promise of springtime and the intense spiritual life of youth. However, the cycle of life always moves on, and as May matures and returns to earth, she finds it readying for summer.

When Herman Gorter published May (Mei) in 1889, this spontaneous and vibrant epic poem was immediately recognized
by his peers as a landmark of Dutch literature. Inspired in part by John Keats' Endymion (1818), May was perhaps an inevitable product of the artistically revolutionary and highly lucid spirit in The Netherlands of the 1880s. While Gorter’s contemporary, Vincent van Gogh, had just completed the groundbreaking Sunflowers series of paintings, Gorter succeeded with May in composing his own monument of colourful and innovative power.

'A gripping story... breathlessly onward through magnificent word groups... full of surprising turns of phrase... before you know it, you'll be reading it out loud!' - Lloyd Haft, poet

'This thoughtful, lyrical translation will stir the imagination and invite consideration of what makes the heart sing, even if the joy, like May, is only temporary. The poem, though, will endure.'
- Editor's Pick, BookLife

Volume 1 of The Essential Gorter

'A gripping story... breathlessly onward through magnificent word groups... full of surprising turns of phrase... before you know it, you'll be reading it out loud!' - Lloyd Haft, poet

'This thoughtful, lyrical translation will stir the imagination and invite consideration of what makes the heart sing, even if the joy, like May, is only temporary. The poem, though, will endure.'
- Editor's Pick, BookLife
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