The Poetry of Gottfried Benn

The Poetry of Gottfried Benn

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This book is the first comprehensive study of Gottfried Benn's poetry to appear in English. It covers the entirety of Benn's verse, from his early qMorgueq cycle (1912) and Expressionist poems through to the -anthropological- poetry of his middle period to the -postmodern- qPhase IIq work after the Second World War. Against the background of the poet's theoretical writings, this study, drawing upon the classic texts of Benn scholarship, analyzes in detail the major themes of his verse and its distinctive idiom. In particular, this work focuses on Gottfried Benn's extended process of rhetorical self-fashioning, his use of classical iconography, color motifs and qchiffres, q his often confusing historical semantics, the seemingly self-constituting -absolute- poem, and the colloquial idiom of his late verse. The book also engages with the multiplicity of voices in Benn's work and their varied textual forms, the hermeneutically variable positions of speech that they articulate and the often contradictory notion of selfhood to which they give rise.qChapter Three Becoming: Rausch as Episteme Ronne: The Self No More Even at their most intimate, Benna#39;s poems to Else ... of a psychology that speaks throughout his early poetry: an abhorrence of easy sentiment, the sense of being an outsider, and a ... leatic of his age, a wider intellectual formation that the poet was to analyze in his essay aquot;Das moderne Ichaquot; (aquot;The Modern Self), published in 1920.

Title:The Poetry of Gottfried Benn
Author:Martin Travers
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2007


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