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Landmarks in German Poetry


Peter Hutchinson

This volume identifies twelve major poems in the history of German literature and places them firmly in their literary historical context. These ‘landmarks’ are in three categories: either they are simply great achievements; or they represent turning points, after which poets had to address their genre in different ways; or they are works which embody the major characteristics of a particular period. Although not conceived as such, the volume may be seen to provide an outline history of German poetry from the Middle Ages to post-1945. The contributors, drawn from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, are all specialists in the particular field they address.
Contents: Mark Chinca: Walther von der Vogelweide, ‘Elegie’ – Terry Llewellyn: Christian Hofmann von Hofmannswaldau, ‘Wo sind die stunden der süssen Zeit’ – Roger Paulin: Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, ‘Der Zürchersee’ – Erika Swales: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, ‘Urworte. Orphisch’– H.B. Nisbet: Friedrich Schiller, ‘An die Freude’: A Reappraisal – Stephen Fennell: Friedrich Hölderlin, ’Brod und Wein’ – Mary Stewart: Clemens Brentano, ‘Der Spinnerin Lied’ – T.J. Reed: Heinrich Heine, Deutschland. Ein Wintermärchen – Tony Phelan: Rainer Maria Rilke, ‘Die Gazelle’ – Andrew Webber: Georg Trakl, ‘Abendland’ – David Midgley: Bertolt Brecht, ‘An die Nachgeborenen’ – Peter Hutchinson: Paul Celan, ‘Todesfuge’.