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Light Within the Shade
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The pure verbal energy characterizing Hungarian poetry may be regarded as one of the most striking components of Hungarian culture. More than 800 years ago, under the inspiration of classical and medieval Latin poetry, Hungarian poets began to craft a rich chain of poetic designs, much of it in response to the country’s cataclysmic history. With precision, depth, and great intensity, these verses give accounts of their authors’ vision of themselves as participants in history and their most personal experience in the world. Light within the Shade includes 135 of the most important Hungarian poems ranging from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century. Organized in chronological order, the poems are followed by an essay by Ozsváth providing the historical, biographical, and cultural background of the poets and the poetry. The book concludes with Turner’s essay on the special thematic and literary qualities of Hungarian poetry, as well as notes on translation practices. This essential volume exposes English-speaking readers to Hungarian poetry’s artistic achievement in history and culture, its evolutionary development as a tradition, and its significance within the context of world literature.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, About the Author
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Selection of Poems
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  1. “Spring Wind Makes the Waters Rise”;
  2. Anonymous
  3. pp. 2-3
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  1. “Be My Star, Ferryman”;
  2. Anonymous
  3. pp. 4-5
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  1. “Getting Down to Living”;
  2. Anonymous
  3. pp. 6-8
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  1. On Finding Julia, He Greeted Her Thus:
  2. Bálint Balassi (1554–1594)
  3. pp. 9-9
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  1. A Soldier’s Song
  2. Bálint Balassi (1554–1594)
  3. pp. 10-11
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  1. He Supplicates the Lord to Protect Him in His Exileand Extend to Him His Further Blessings
  2. Bálint Balassi (1554–1594)
  3. pp. 12-13
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  1. Bitter, As I Know Too Well . . .
  2. Kata Szidónia Petrőczy (1662–1708)
  3. pp. 14-14
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  1. A Restrained Plea
  2. Vitéz Mihály Csokonai (1773–1805)
  3. pp. 15-15
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  1. The Vow
  2. Vitéz Mihály Csokonai (1773–1805)
  3. pp. 16-16
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  1. To Hope
  2. Vitéz Mihály Csokonai (1773–1805)
  3. pp. 17-18
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  1. The Black Wax Seal
  2. Vitéz Mihály Csokonai (1773–1805)
  3. pp. 19-20
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  1. Winter Is Coming
  2. Dániel Berzsenyi (1776–1836)
  3. pp. 21-21
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  1. Supplication
  2. Dániel Berzsenyi (1776–1836)
  3. pp. 22-22
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  1. Hymn
  2. Ferenc Kölcsey (1790–1838)
  3. pp. 23-25
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  1. Declaration
  2. Mihály Vörösmarty (1800–1855)
  3. pp. 26-27
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  1. Night and Star
  2. Mihály Vörösmarty (1800–1855)
  3. pp. 28-29
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  1. Mankind
  2. Mihály Vörösmarty (1800–1855)
  3. pp. 30-31
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  1. The Mother of Matthias
  2. János Arany (1817–1882)
  3. pp. 32-35
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  1. Klára Zách
  2. János Arany (1817–1882)
  3. pp. 36-39
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  1. The Bards of Wales
  2. János Arany (1817–1882)
  3. pp. 40-44
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  1. The Ordeal of the Bier
  2. János Arany (1817–1882)
  3. pp. 45-47
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  1. Civilization
  2. János Arany (1817–1882)
  3. pp. 48-48
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  1. Red Rébék
  2. János Arany (1817–1882)
  3. pp. 49-51
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  1. My Complaints . . .
  2. János Arany (1817–1882)
  3. pp. 52-52
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  1. Prophecy
  2. Sándor Petőfi (1823–1849)
  3. pp. 53-54
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  1. I Would Be a Tree . . .
  2. Sándor Petőfi (1823–1849)
  3. pp. 55-55
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  1. One Thought Troubles Me
  2. Sándor Petőfi (1823–1849)
  3. pp. 56-57
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  1. My Songs
  2. Sándor Petőfi (1823–1849)
  3. pp. 58-59
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  1. September Ending
  2. Sándor Petőfi (1823–1849)
  3. pp. 60-60
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  1. Song of the Nation
  2. Sándor Petőfi (1823–1849)
  3. pp. 61-62
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  1. Monstrous Days
  2. Sándor Petőfi (1823–1849)
  3. pp. 63-64
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  1. Twenty Years Later
  2. János Vajda (1827–1897)
  3. pp. 65-65
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  1. Against the Tide*
  2. József Kiss (1843–1921)
  3. pp. 66-67
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  1. Oh Why So Late
  2. József Kiss (1843–1921)
  3. pp. 68-68
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  1. Among My Songs
  2. Jenő Heltai (1871–1957)
  3. pp. 69-69
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  1. “I Am the Son of Gog and Magog . . .”
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 70-70
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  1. Hawk-Mating on the Forest Floor
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 71-71
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  1. The Poet of the Eastern Plains
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 72-72
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  1. On New Waters I Walk
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 73-73
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  1. Autumn Came to Paris
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 74-74
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  1. Legend of Saint Margaret
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 75-75
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  1. Confessions of the Danube
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 76-77
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  1. From the Stream to the Ocean
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 78-78
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  1. And I Am Not a Hungarian?
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 79-79
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  1. The Voiceless Birds
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 80-80
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  1. On Elijah’s Wain
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 81-81
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  1. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 82-82
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  1. The Abandoned Pirate Ships
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 83-84
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  1. I Guard Your Eyes
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 85-85
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  1. Memory of a Summer Night
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 86-87
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  1. Behold, Love, These My Treasures
  2. Endre Ady (1877–1919)
  3. pp. 88-88
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  1. Pagan Prayer
  2. Margit Kaffka (1880–1918)
  3. pp. 89-89
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  1. Little Peter Walks
  2. Margit Kaffka (1880–1918)
  3. pp. 90-91
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  1. To Appear Before You
  2. Margit Kaffka (1880–1918)
  3. pp. 92-92
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  1. How It Was
  2. Gyula Juhász (1883–1937)
  3. pp. 93-93
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  1. Profane Litany
  2. Gyula Juhász (1883–1937)
  3. pp. 94-94
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  1. Evening Questioning
  2. Mihály Babits (1883–1941)
  3. pp. 95-96
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  1. Ode on Beauty
  2. Mihály Babits (1883–1941)
  3. pp. 97-98
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  1. Love Poem
  2. Mihály Babits (1883–1941)
  3. pp. 99-99
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  1. Evening Arrival
  2. Mihály Babits (1883–1941)
  3. pp. 100-101
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  1. Between Fall and Spring
  2. Mihály Babits (1883–1941)
  3. pp. 102-103
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  1. Saint Blaise-ing*
  2. Mihály Babits (1883–1941)
  3. pp. 104-105
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  1. The Prayer of Jonah
  2. Mihály Babits (1883–1941)
  3. pp. 106-106
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  1. Autumn Breakfast
  2. Dezső Kosztolányi (1885–1936)
  3. pp. 107-107
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  1. Ilona
  2. Dezső Kosztolányi (1885–1936)
  3. pp. 108-111
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  1. Funeral Eulogy
  2. Dezső Kosztolányi (1885–1936)
  3. pp. 112-113
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  1. Dawn Drunkenness
  2. Dezső Kosztolányi (1885–1936)
  3. pp. 114-118
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  1. Evening Song
  2. Árpád Tóth (1886–1928)
  3. pp. 119-119
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  1. Evening Gloriole
  2. Árpád Tóth (1886–1928)
  3. pp. 120-120
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  1. Foreword
  2. Frigyes Karinthy (1887–1938)
  3. pp. 121-123
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  1. Dandelion
  2. Frigyes Karinthy (1887–1938)
  3. pp. 124-125
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  1. Craftsman
  2. Lajos Kassák (1887–1967)
  3. pp. 126-127
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  1. On the Fields of July
  2. Lajos Kassák (1887–1967)
  3. pp. 128-129
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  1. Self-Portrait
  2. Milán Füst (1888–1967)
  3. pp. 130-130
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  1. Winter
  2. Milán Füst (1888–1967)
  3. pp. 131-132
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  1. They Say, How Beautiful
  2. Lőrinc Szabó (1900–1957)
  3. pp. 133-133
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  1. I Adore You
  2. Lőrinc Szabó (1900–1957)
  3. pp. 134-134
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  1. Everything for Nothing
  2. Lőrinc Szabó (1900–1957)
  3. pp. 135-136
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  1. Dream of the One
  2. Lőrinc Szabó (1900–1957)
  3. pp. 137-138
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  1. Your Name
  2. Lőrinc Szabó (1900–1957)
  3. pp. 139-139
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  1. Blood Kin
  2. Gyula Illyés (1902–1983)
  3. pp. 140-141
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  1. One Sentence on Tyranny
  2. Gyula Illyés (1902–1983)
  3. pp. 142-148
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  1. Refuge
  2. Gyula Illyés (1902–1983)
  3. pp. 149-150
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  1. Beads
  2. Attila József (1905–1937)
  3. pp. 151-151
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  1. Night in the Outskirts
  2. Attila József (1905–1937)
  3. pp. 152-154
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  1. The Last of Seven
  2. Attila József (1905–1937)
  3. pp. 155-156
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  1. Ode
  2. Attila József (1905–1937)
  3. pp. 157-160
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  1. Mama
  2. Attila József (1905–1937)
  3. pp. 161-161
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  1. Shma Yisroel
  2. Attila József (1905–1937)
  3. pp. 162-162
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  1. Late Lament
  2. Attila József (1905–1937)
  3. pp. 163-164
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  1. Welcome for Thomas Mann
  2. Attila József (1905–1937)
  3. pp. 165-166
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  1. For My Birthday
  2. Attila József (1905–1937)
  3. pp. 167-168
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  1. (Who Would This Poem . . . )
  2. Attila József (1905–1937)
  3. pp. 169-169
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  1. (No Flowers, but a Spike . . . )
  2. Attila József (1905–1937)
  3. pp. 170-170
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  1. (And So I’ve Found My Native Country . . . )
  2. Attila József (1905–1937)
  3. pp. 171-171
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  1. Psalms of Devotion
  2. Miklós Radnóti (1909–1944)
  3. pp. 172-175
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  1. Canticle
  2. Miklós Radnóti (1909–1944)
  3. pp. 176-177
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  1. Just Walk On, Condemned to Die
  2. Miklós Radnóti (1909–1944)
  3. pp. 178-178
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  1. Twenty-nine Years
  2. Miklós Radnóti (1909–1944)
  3. pp. 179-180
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  1. Foamy Sky
  2. Miklós Radnóti (1909–1944)
  3. pp. 181-181
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  1. Calendar
  2. Miklós Radnóti (1909–1944)
  3. pp. 182-185
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  1. Winter Sun
  2. Miklós Radnóti (1909–1944)
  3. pp. 186-186
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  1. Paris
  2. Miklós Radnóti (1909–1944)
  3. pp. 187-188
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  1. The Fifth Eclogue (fragment)
  2. Miklós Radnóti (1909–1944)
  3. pp. 189-189
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  1. À la Recherche . . . *
  2. Miklós Radnóti (1909–1944)
  3. pp. 190-191
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  1. Razglednicas*
  2. Miklós Radnóti (1909–1944)
  3. pp. 192-193
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  1. Ode to the Mind
  2. István Vas (1910–1991)
  3. pp. 194-195
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  1. The Translator’s Thanks
  2. István Vas (1910–1991)
  3. pp. 196-197
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  1. Conquer Me
  2. János Pilinszky (1921–1981)
  3. pp. 198-198
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  1. On the Third Day
  2. János Pilinszky (1921–1981)
  3. pp. 199-199
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  1. On a Forbidden Planet
  2. János Pilinszky (1921–1981)
  3. pp. 200-200
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  1. Thirst
  2. Ágnes Nemes Nagy (1922–1991)
  3. pp. 201-201
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  1. To Freedom
  2. Ágnes Nemes Nagy (1922–1991)
  3. pp. 202-203
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  1. From the Cycle of Mourning
  2. Zsuzsa Beney (1930–2006)
  3. pp. 204-204
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  1. From the Cycle “It Twinkles but Disappears”
  2. Zsuzsa Beney (1930–2006)
  3. pp. 205-205
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  1. You Are a Sign on My Doorpost
  2. Ágnes Gergely (1933–)
  3. pp. 206-207
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  1. Isabel and Ferdinand
  2. Ágnes Gergely (1933–)
  3. pp. 208-209
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  1. Psalm 137
  2. Ágnes Gergely (1933–)
  3. pp. 210-210
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  1. Mirrorminute
  2. Ágnes Gergely (1933–)
  3. pp. 211-211
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  1. What Is in Schubert’s Song?
  2. Otto Orbán (1936–2002) 212
  3. pp. 212-212
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  1. In Which He Supplicates in the Mode of Balassi
  2. Otto Orbán (1936–2002) 212
  3. pp. 213-214
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  1. Poem by an Anonymous European Poet, 1955
  2. György Petri (1943–2000)
  3. pp. 215-216
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  1. Collapse
  2. György Petri (1943–2000)
  3. pp. 217-218
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  1. Angel
  2. György Petri (1943–2000)
  3. pp. 219-219
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  1. Will You Appear?
  2. Szabolcs Várady (1943–)
  3. pp. 220-221
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  1. Remembering Our Song
  2. Szabolcs Várady (1943–)
  3. pp. 222-222
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  1. Star-meadow
  2. Krisztina Tóth (1967–)
  3. pp. 223-224
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  1. Snowdust
  2. Krisztina Tóth (1967–)
  3. pp. 225-226
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  1. Essays
  2. pp. 227-228
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  1. The Power of Poetry in theHungarian Literary Tradition
  2. Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
  3. pp. 229-251
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  1. The “Thou” of Hungarian Poetry
  2. Frederick Turner
  3. pp. 252-272
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-278
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 279-280
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