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"Die Heile Welt in the Lyrics of Werner Bergengruen

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Michael Brönnimann

This study examines the content, significance, and reception of Bergengruen's collection Die heile Welt and its relationship to his complete lyric work. It traces the origin and development of his heile Welt ideal and discusses the major themes in the poetry. Also included is an investigation of Bergengruen's attitude toward Italy and a detailed analysis of his «Lombardische Elegie».