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The Prinz Eugen was a German battleship, the only heavy cruiser in the fleet to survive the Second World War intact. Its most significant engagement took place in May 1941, in the north Atlantic near Iceland, when Prinz Eugen and Bismarck sank the British battle-cruiser Hood. In a typical piece of wordplay, Finlay connects the battleship to another Eugen: the Swiss poet Eugen Gomringer, who is one of the founding figures of concrete poetry.

April 2005