Biography of Christopher Middleton
Christopher Middleton (born 10 June 1926) is a British poet and translator, especially of German literature.
He was born John Christopher Middleton in Truro, Cornwall, in 1926. Following four years' service in the Royal Air Force, he studied at Merton College, Oxford, matriculating in 1948. He then held academic positions at the University of Zürich and King's College London. In 1966 he took up a position as Professor of Germanic Languages & Literature at the University of Texas, Austin, retiring in 1998. Middleton has published translations of Robert Walser, Nietzsche, Hölderlin, Goethe, Gert Hofmann and many others. He has received various awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Schlegel-Tieck Prize for translation.
Christopher Middleton Poems
The Paradox of Jerome's Lion
Local his discourse, not yet exemplary, Nowadays he is old, the translator, So old he is practically transparent.
Celebrated, the moustache, And near enough ignored His "beautiful hands".
What if I know, Liebknecht, who shot you dead. Tiegarten trees unroll staggering shadow, in spite of it all. I am among the leaves; the inevitable
Feuilleton 5: The Buskers
Four buskers almost balkanized, tonight, August 4th, the Place de la Contrescarpe. Every one of them in wind and limb complete,
The Diving Apprentices
Sometimes you watch them going out to sea On such a day as this, in the worst of weathers, Their boat holding ten or a dozen of them,
Just seen, running, and silver-gray along the top tube of a fence between myrtles and me, too slinky for a bird and even at this distance
Just seen, running, and silver-gray
along the top tube of a fence between myrtles and me,
too slinky for a bird and even at this distance
unmistakably a quadruped and
nimble, some sort of unspoiled animal, but which?
It ran as if away
from a threat, peril was everywhere,
a footsole crunches it, it is mangled
by a tire's treads, hawk scoops it, turkey buzzard