Brechts Poetry of Political Exile by Ronald SpeirsBrechts Poetry of Political Exile by Ronald Speirs

Brechts Poetry of Political Exile

EditorRonald Speirs

Paperback | June 24, 2010

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Bertolt Brecht, one of the most influential European playwrights of the twentieth century, was also a poet of distinction. This volume is the first comprehensive study devoted to his most important collection of political poetry, the Svendborg Poems. The contributors analyze Brecht's work critically and historically, discussing it in relation to questions of poetics, political commitment, exile, propaganda, rhetoric, and the scope and limitations of political poetry. Links are also drawn with the work of German, Soviet and English poets of the period, and with later German poets.
Title:Brechts Poetry of Political ExileFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:June 24, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052115443X

ISBN - 13:9780521154437

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Svendborg 1938 David Midgley; 2. The usefulness of poetry David Constantine; 3. 'Visit to a banished poet': Brecht's Svendborg Poems and the voices of exile Tom Kuhn; 4. Exile in 'Danish Siberia': the Soviet Union in the Svendborg Poems Katharine Hodgson; 5. Strength and clarity: Brecht, Auden and the 'true Democratic style' Tony Davies; 6. Satire as propaganda: Brecht's 'Deutsche Satieren' for Deutscher Freiheitssender Michael Minden; 7. The fourth door: difficulties with the truth in the Svendborg Poems Joyce Crick; 8. The uses of rhetoric in Brecht's Svendborg Poems Anna Carrdus; 9. Assuaging the anxiety of influence: poetic authority and power in the Svendborg Poems Elizabeth Boa; 10. Figures of memory in the 'Chroniken' Anthony Phelan; 11. The poet in time Ronald Speirs; 12. Those born later than Brecht: the reception of 'An die Nachgeborenen' Karen Leeder; Bibliography.

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"...the primary value is in an introduction to Brecht's poetry as a whole for non-German-speaking students and as a point of departure for re-examining the tensions of poetry and politics in the twentieth century." The Brecht Yearbook