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Czech Poetry?

Ahoj! I am reading "Every Word Is A Bird We Teach To Sing" by Daniel Tammet, and he talks about teaching an English class in Lithuania and using an American poetry anthology as teaching material because poetry can convey many meanings of a word depending on its interpretation. Where could I find some great Czech poetry as a similar teaching aid for myself? Dekuji!

February 28, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VladaFu

Ahoj. There many sites that bring contemporary poetry (just search for básně, poezie) like pismak.cz for amateurs.

I would also recommend to stay away from anything before year 1900 (or even later) because the language has changed a lot.

For learning I would recommend song lyrics instead as they tend to be somewhat easier and more straightforward. Some of them are real poetry. And some of them are poems that were straightforward enough to make songs out of them.

Some completely opinion-based list of authors I like:

Jiří Suchý, Jiří Orten, Josef Kainar, J.H Krchovský, Václav Hrabě

great generation active after 1920: Vítězslav Nezval, Jaroslav Seifert, Jiří Wolker and others

even older, but often used by contemporary bands as a lyrics source: František Gellner, Petr Bezruč, Fráňa Šrámek

old and therefore hard (not recommended): Karel Hynek Mácha, Karel Jaromír Erben, Karel Havlíček Borovský

March 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VladaFu

Also, some children poetry could be good and easier.

Jíří Žáček http://www.jirizacek.cz/ukazky-tvorba-pro-deti.html

Emanuel Frynta, František Halas (Halas dětem), František Hrubín (Dětem), Jan Vodňanský...

Halas and Hrubín also did great poetry for adults, but it may be too complicated for starters.

March 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ckjbgames

Thank you so much!

March 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Filomena.Prvni

Emanuel Frynta is one for my favorities poem-man(??). He play with words and with czech language. Nice! (Emanuel Frynta je jedním z mých oblíbených básnířů. Hraje si se slovy a českým jazykem. Krása!)

/I'm sorry to my wrong English. I'm learning that./

MOUCHA

Ač moucha kouše člověka,

že kolikrát až otéká -

člověk se nemstí na mouše

a nikdy mouchu nekouše.

A váží si nás celý svět,

že dovedeme odpouštět.

ANGLIČANÉ

Angličané jsou námořníci

a slečny oslovují Miss,

co o nich ale musím říci -

že nedovedou pravopis.

                        • +

Už první omyl je ten,

že píšou I - a čtou to aj!

To jako kdyby psali květen

a vyslovovali to máj.

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Je mi jich líto, hlavně dětí,

co ty s tím mají za dřinu -

já musel napsat jen tři věty

a myslel jsem, že zahynu.

                        • +

Ta hrůza, než se naučíte

pár slovíček, a natož stran!

A u nich každé malé dítě

musí být rovnou Angličan.

May 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ortocymen

I absolutely love lyrics of Karel Kryl's songs. They are beautiful, sometimes quite hard, but it's worth :)

Example:

http://www.karaoketexty.cz/texty-pisni/kryl-karel/bratricku-zavirej-vratka-8320

March 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/svrsheque

you and me both! lately my favorite has been Divný kníže. maybe it was prophetic very differently than we had thought?

March 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VladaFu

And from contemporary authors I can't get enough of Xavier Baumaxa's poetic Czech

Žena vyvrknuvši kotník si

tančila boogy, celá se třesouc

sklenku v levé ruce třímajíc

Stařec přepluv celé moře

drinků nalévá si svého Hemingwaye

usnuv u toho na své bárce

Ženy povinuvše ratolesti

vyslavše je na své cesty

pomalu oblékají své tukové vesty

March 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/svrsheque

vyslavše je na své cesty

can't help it, but while the transgressives look awesome, the possessive pronoun seems weird. the doers are the women who did the sending, but i would expect the journeys they sent the offspring on to be the offspring's rather than the women's, in which case the reflexive possessive pronoun would be out of place and the regular "jejich" needed.

March 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/endless_sleeper

Now that's a lot of transgressives! :D

March 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nejakejmaty

Very true. There are some I can't even spell as a native speaker. Nice that most of them aren't used anymore.

March 11, 2018
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