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The Apostrophic Moment in 19th and 20th Century German Lyric Poetry


Hugo Walter

This series of provocative essays examines the learning process of the «Ich» in 19th and 20th century German lyric poetry. The apostrophic moment, which develops from a textual instant of emotional, intellectual, or psychological reciprocity between the «Ich» and a «Du», initiates a meaningful and vital learning process in the poem. Poets discussed include Clemens Brentano, Joseph von Eichendorff, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Stefan George, Rainer Maria Rilke, Rudolf Borchardt, and Gottfried Benn.
Contents: This work describes and interprets the formal and semantic strategies of the «Ich» in the learning process in 19th and 20th century German lyric poetry.