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Children in the Poetry of Bertolt Brecht

Images of Young People and Examples for Youthful Audiences


Ruth R. Kath

Bertolt Brecht used both his poetry about children and that for them to crusade for an improvement in the human condition.
This study discusses the influence which Brecht's association with children had on his general development as a poet and on his production of poetry for young people. Concentrating primarily on poetic works which featured figures of children and those which were written expressly for young people, the study treats three groups of poems: first, those which contain figures specifically identified as children of the Brecht family; second, those which contain characterizations of other, unidentifiable children; and finally, selected examples of the verses which the poet produced for young people.
Contents: Introduction - Children and the Poetry of Bertolt Brecht - Personal Images of Young People - Brecht Family Members in the Poetry - Images of Young People in Brecht's Poetry - Brecht's «Verses for Children» - Didactic Poetry for Young People? - Conclusion - List of Works Cited.