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Kaksi Laukausta

Auhtor: Holger Drachmann

Language: english
Published: 1877

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Summary of the Book 'Kaksi Laukausta':

Holger Henrik Herholdt Drachmann (9 October 1846 ? 14 January 1908) was a Danish poet and dramatist. He is an outstanding figure of the Modern Break-Through. The son of Dr AG Drachmann whose family was of German extraction he was born in Copenhagen. Owing to the early death of his Danish mother the child was left much to his own devices and developed a fondness for semi-poetical performances organising his companions in heroic games in which he himself took such parts as those of Peder Tordenskjold and Niels Juel. Behind in his studies he did not enter university until 1865 leaving it in 1866 to become a student at the Academy of Fine Arts. From 1866 to 1870 he learned under Professor Srensen to become a marine painter with some success. In about 1870 he came under the influence of Georg Brandes and without abandoning art began to devote most of his time more to literature. At various periods he travelled very extensively in England Scotland France Spain and Italy and his literary career began by his sending letters about his journeys to the Danish newspapers. After returning home he settled for some time on the island of Bornholm painting seascapes. He now issued his earliest volume of poems Digte (1872) and joined the group of young Radical writers who followed Brandes. Drachmann was unsettled and still doubted whether his real strength lay in the pencil or in the pen. By this time he had enjoyed a surprising experience of life especially among sailors fishermen students and artists and the issues of the Franco-German War and the Paris Commune had persuaded him that a new and glorious era was at hand. His volume of lyrics Dmpede Melodier (Muffled Melodies 1875) proved that Drachmann was a poet with a real vocation and he began to produce books in prose and verse with great rapidity. Ungt Blod (Young Blood 1876) contained three realistic stories of contemporary life. But he returned to his true field in his magnificent Sange ved Havet Venezia (Songs of the Sea Venice 1877) and won the passionate admiration of his countrymen by his prose work with interludes in verse called Derovre fra grnsen (Over the Frontier there 1877) a series of impressions made on Drachmann by a visit to the scenes of the war with Germany. During the succeeding years he visited most of the principal countries of the world but particularly familiarizing himself by protracted voyages with the sea and with the life of man in maritime places. In 1879 he published Ranker og Roser (Tendrils and Roses) amatory lyrics of a very high order of melody in which he showed a great advance in technical art. To the same period belongs Paa smands tro og love (On the Faith and Honor of a Sailor 1878) a volume of short stories in prose. It was about this time that Drachmann broke with Brandes and the Radicals and set himself at the head of a sort of nationalist or popular-Conservative movement in Denmark. He continued to celebrate the life of the fishermen and sailors in books whether in prose or verse which were the most popular of their day. Paul og Virginie and Lars Kruse (both 1879) sten for sol og vesten for maane (East of the Sun and West of the Moon 1880) Puppe og Sommerfugi (Chrysalis and Butterfly 1882) and Strandby Folk (1883) were among these. At the beginning of the 1890s he again joined the Brandes fraction without giving up his national motives. His many changing sides has often been regarded as opportunism but were probably caused by his eternal enthusiasm and longing for a positive fundament of his art. In 1882 Drachmann published his fine translation or paraphrase of Byrons Don Juan. In 1885 his romantic play called Der var engang (Once upon a Time) had a great success on the boards of the Royal Theatre Copenhagen it has remained a classic which is connectedwith his name and his tragedies of Volund Smed (Wayland the Smith 1894) and Brav-karl (1897) made him the most popular playwright of Denmark. He published in 1894 a volume of exquisitely fantastic Melodramas in rhymed verse a collection which contains some of Drachmanns most perfect work. His novel Med den brede Pensel (With a Broad Brush 1887) was followed in 1890 by Forskrevet the history of a young painter Henrik Gerhard and his revolt against his bourgeois surroundings. With this novel is closely connected Den hellige Ild (The Sacred Fire 1899) in which Drachmann speaks in his own person. There is practically no story in this autobiographical volume which abounds in lyrical passages. In 1899 he produced his romantic play called Gurre in 1900 a brilliant lyrical drama Hallfred Vandraadeskjald and in 1903 Det grnne Haab. He died in Copenhagen and is buried in the sand dunes at Grenen near Skagen. Drachmann is one of the most popular Danish poets of modern time though much of his work is now forgotten. He unites modern rebellionist attitudes and a really romantic view of women and history. His personal appearance often almost overshadowed his literary merits and in many ways he played the role of the typical bohemian poet with a turbulent private life. His relationship with various women (his muses) often made a great scandal but it was the fuel of his inspiration. Especially Edith a cabaret singer which was his mistress during the 1890s inspired much of his best love poetry. His often very rethoric and a bit wordy poetry has made some critics comparing him to Swinburne. See an article by Karl Gjellerup in Dansk Biografisk Lexikon vol. iv (Copenhagen 1890).

Excerpts from the Book 'Kaksi Laukausta':


... [kallio-maalaus, katto- tai sein-maalaus] oli hvinnyt holvista, se oli tumma, sinertvn harmaa ja kaikki nytti sen kautta viel enemmn yksitoikkoiselle, ...
... heilutti piipuntupsua. - Minulla oli kerran vhn tekemist tuon joukon kanssa. vastasi hn vltten. Mies oli varastanut hiukan minulta. Nainen oli ...
... naapuritalollinen oli jo kauan aikaa ollut niin mieltynyt mejerinhoitajan juustoihin, ett hn viimein, kun ei hn muulla lailla voinut itselleen saada ...
... vaikeita merkki, jotka milloin seisovat pystyss kuin seipt, milloin makaavat kuin leikattu otrapelto. Ja sitten lukeminen. Huolta pitminen siit, ...
... kirjoittivat hra Jansen'ille. Poika, puoli-tusina paitoja ja muutamat koulukirjat pistettiin postivaunuihin ja saapuivat kartanoon samana pivn kuin ...
... Henrik oli soimannut hnt. Ja hn oli kiusannut Henriki. Hn olisi mielelln puolustanut itsens. Kaikki sit tahtovat ja varsinkin lapset. Mutta rakkaus ...
... Elleniin. Mutta Ellen katseli hymyillen ja niin viattomasti hnen kasvoihinsa, niin tietmtinn rikoksestaan, ett Henrik kauhistuksen sijassa ...
... ja saksalaisia romaneja, ranskalaisia nytelmi, kirjailijoita, jotka olivat olleet pivn sankaria aikoja sitten. Siin oli semmoisiakin kirjoja, joita ...
... siuvahuttaen, lensivt suoraan yls ilmaan, niinkuin nuo pie noitaukot tohtorin pullossa, jota hn kerran Ellen'ille oli nyttnyt kotonansa. Jumala tiesi ...
... huoneesen. - Ellen. sanoi hn nuhdellen. - l kiusaa minua. huusi Ellen skenivin silmin. Min olen tysikasvuinen min teen mit tahoon. Tultuansa ...
... vaivannut, kvi hn joko paljaalla pll, taikka pieness myssyss, joka oli reunustettu joutsenen utuvilla ja jonka Andreas oli hnelle lahjoittanut se soveltui ...
... sit viinalla ja voin kyll pelata kuitenkin. - Sinun pitisi olla varovainen. Oletko nyttnyt sen tohtorille. Andreas oli vhn hmillns:. - ...
... ovat sit paitsi paljoa pahemmat karkureita, varsinkin jos viinan haju jossakin pist heidn nenns. Senthden olisi parasta ett Andreas pitisi vaaria kdestn ...
... semmoinen ontomuus on kuitenkin kauhea. Jens ja Hans sanovat ett hn nyt taas on raivoissaan ja ehtimiseen huutaa: oi jos olisin kuollut. Kaikki miehet ...
... palasivat. Muutamat heist nyttivt liikutetuilta, toiset taas olivat silyttneet viralliset muotonsa asiamies, joka oli nuori ja nhtvsti kotoisin pkaupungista ...
... eik ansainnut hnen rakkauttansa. Ellen astui vatiin ja musersi sek sen ett herneet. Sitten meni hn yls kummulle. Niin, tll olivat he usein istuneet, ...
... kyvt laatuun ja - Jumala paratkoon, tytt-raiskoilla ei ole monta, jotka heit huvittaisivat. - Niin, te olette oikea veitikka, niin olette. nauroi ...
... nimi on Firth of Forth, ja saavuimme siten Edinhurg'iin, Skotlannin pkaupunkiin, joka on rakentu monelle velle, joista korkein nimitetn Calton Hill. ...
... psiispivt. Lumi ja kylmyys, nuo suosimattomat vieraat, olivat jo paenneet. Kevn viheriiset esikot ilmestyivt kaikkialla, ilma oli kuiva ja tynn tuoksuja ...
... Hn oli sellaisen vsyneen miehen nkinen, joka on saanut tiedon siit, ett hnell viel on pitk matka kuljettavana. - Tuhat tulimmaista, ihminen sanonhan ...