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"Both volumes [of The Essential Gorter] are a must-read for anyone with an interest in language and poetry."
Dr. Jacqueline Bel, Professor of Literature at VU Amsterdam in CAANS(*) magazine.

The Essential Gorter was furthermore recognized for outstanding merit with NetGalley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating, a ...

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Herman Gorter's Selected Poems (translated by Lloyd Haft) and May (Mei, translated by M. Kruijff) are Part I and Part II of The Essential Gorter collection. They now both received a final ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating by professional reader site NetGalley!

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- Into Herman Gorter's mind

An extensive selection from Herman Gorter’s main poetic works is now being made available to English readers in excellent translations via the new two-volume set The Essential Gorter, covering the full epic May as well as the most extensive selection in English from a...

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It is not true that this is sunlight.
This is you.
This is not the wind that blues
across the water:
that is not so gentle:
this is you.
This is not the earth and not the heavens –
so beautiful they’re not.
This is you.

- Herman Gorter
From 'Selected Poems' translated by Lloyd Haft

Gorter's bright light -

Following his epic debut masterpiece May in 1889, Herman Gorter continued to expand the boundaries of poetry. As Gorter let his feelings write his poems, he reshaped the rules of rhyme, rhythm, language and meaning in the process. It makes Gorter's work after May quite im...

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May is Editor's Pick at BookLife - Review:

...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.

... Kruijff’s translation of Dutch writer Herman Gorte...

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Famous first words -

Gorter started his Mei (May) with what would quickly become the most famous line in Dutch poetry: "Een nieuwe lente en een nieuw geluid" (a new springtime and a new sound), expressing both the theme of youth and a totally fresh approach to poetry. It purposefully brings to m...

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Introductie Lees Mei 2021 (volledige tekst, in Dutch)

Op 13 mei 2021 in Dat Bolwerck, Zutphen, is een speciale editie gehouden van Lees Mei, georganiseerd door Hans Heesen. Twintig liefhebbers lazen Gorters Mei in haar geheel voor. M. Kruijff, die Mei in het Engels vertaalde, verzorgde de introd...

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'She found then, at the highest of sharp mounds
Of barren heather-hills, which formed a round
Fortification of a shallow hole,
A wall about a heath-camp like a bowl
With dark erica, not yet flowery.
She chased a bee that buzzed there hungrily
For honey, stepped into it, disappeared
From the red f...

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'The Essential Gorter' : get your copy

'The spring is new and new the sound it brings'.

After 132 years, the epic Dutch classic Mei by Herman Gorter is available to English readers as May, an epic poem about youth, Volume 1 of The Essential Gorter, a translation of Gorter's original that celebrates the carefree springtime of our lives. With a foreword by Lloyd Haft.

  • Paperback, available worldwide, e.g. here: UK/US, NL/BE. English only, including introduction, second (revised) edition, 184 p.:  €19,99. ISBN 978-90-831336-45.
  • eBook, illustrated, available worldwide. ISBN 978-90-831336-38, 
  • Hardcover Special Edition, bilingual, illustrated & annotated, second (revised) edition: order here. 332 p.: 37,99. ISBN 978-90-831336-21.

The Essential Gorter Volume 2, Selected Poems translated by Lloyd Haft is out now! An authoritative selection of Gorter's other work, translated by Lloyd Haft, with a foreword by Piet Gerbrandy. Including poems from Verses (Verzen, 1890), Pan and Lyrics (Liedjes)

  • Paperback, 214 p.: €19,99. ISBN 978-90-831336-52. Available worldwide, e.g. here: UK/US, NL/BE
  • eBook, available worldwide. ISBN 978-90-831336-69.

The Essential Gorter 1 & 2 can be purchased together as a set for the special price of €35,99. ISBN 978-90-831336-76. Order here.

An overview of reviews for both books is available here.

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More reading, including a listing of main revisions of the current second edition versus the first bilingual edition can be found on our blog TheEssentialGorter.

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