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Landmarks in German Poetry

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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’.