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Hilde Domin - From Exile to Ideal

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Dagmar C. Stern

Hilde Domin, a refugee from the Third Reich who was trained as a political scientist, suddenly began writing poetry in 1951 in her Santo Domingo refuge. Since then, she has gained international recognition as the author of five volumes of poetry, a novel, a short autobiography, and a theory of poetry. This study delineates Hilde Domin's genesis and evolution as a poet and places her work among that of her predecessors and contemporaries. Its main focus, however, is Domin's literary frame of reference, with special attention given to the exilic aspects of it: her conception of existing reality as pervasive disjunction, her assessment of man's attempts to establish a salutary order, and her visions of personal and social ideals.