Early life of charles reznikoff

In this sense, Testimony can be read as the great monument of Objectivist poetry. As Paul Auster puts it, "In spite of this deep solidarity with the Jewish past, Reznikoff never deludes himself into thinking that he can overcome the essential isolation of his condition simply by affirming his Jewishness.

In Reznikoff married Marie Syrkin, who later became a distinguished professor at Brandeis University. If only I could write with four pens between five fingers and with each pen a different sentence at the same time— but the rabbis say it is a lost art, a lost art.

The bulk of the collection consists of Reznikoff's writings, ranging from original source materials up to finished typescripts, and includes thousands of pages of revisions. Objectivist poet[ edit ] Around the time the Objectivist issue of Poetry appeared, Reznikoff, Zukofsky and George Oppen set up To Publishers and later the Objectivist Press, essentially to publish their own work.

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And he does not need to explain that the outer circumstances of this man reflected the inner like symbols. In their torment they threw themselves on the mops and rags used by the hospital attendants and sucked the dirty water out of them to quench the thirst driving them mad.

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Penniless, penniless, I have come with less and still less to this place of my need and the lack of this hour. Nine Plays playlets. He worked for a legal publishing house, where he wrote summaries of court records for legal reference books. Reznikoff worked for a time for his family's business as a hat salesman. All wickedness shall go in smoke. Coral, and Captive Israel: Two Plays playlets. Using the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials as source material, the volume transforms courtroom testimony into poetry. Reznikoff explained his own understanding of the term in a interview: "By the term objectivist I suppose a writer may be meant who does not write directly about his feelings but about what he sees and hears; who is restricted almost to the testimony of a witness in a court of law; and who expresses his feelings indirectly by the selection of subject matter and, if he writes in verse, by its music.

Most of the materials in the collection date from the 's to the early 's. The poetic mode which Reznikof developed in writing this work was invaluable to his work on Holocaust.

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