Edison. Básen o peti zpevech s doslovem Signál casu.
Prague, Fr. Borovy, 1940. Small Octavo. 65 pages. Original, illustrated softcover in protective collector’s mylar. Octavo, 65pp. Second edition. A very good copy. Bookblock cleanly detached. Illustrated with an abstract design by Muziky [Frantisek Muzika].
Edison is an epic poem by Czech poet Vítezslav Nezval. It was written in 1927. Later it was included in the poetic book Básne noci (Poems of the Night) which was published in 1930. The main hero of the poem is American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, considered by the author to be a modern genius. Nezval’s work is a praise of human activity, technology, and science, but also an expression of anxiety about civilisation. Nezval compares the inventor’s work to writing poetry. He points out that every creative work demands much toil and courage. After Edison’s death in 1931 Nezval wrote Signál casu (Signal of time) which is an elegy. Both poems are written in the same measure, trochaic hexameter. Nezval uses long enumerations, building sophisticated poetical imagery. Nezval’s Edison was probably influenced by Guillaume Apollinaire’s work, especially the poem Zone, which was translated into Czech by Karel Capek. (Wikipedia)