Else Lasker-Schüler: The Broken World by Hans W. CohnElse Lasker-Schüler: The Broken World by Hans W. Cohn

Else Lasker-Schüler: The Broken World

byHans W. Cohn

Paperback | August 11, 2011

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Else Lasker-Schüler (1869-1945) was a German-Jewish poet who died in exile in Jerusalem. This 1974 book was the first full-length treatment of her poetry in English. The aim of the author, a practising psychologist at the time of this book's original publication, in this study of the poet's life, was to see poetry as an expression of the deeper urges of the psyche. The book takes as a point of departure Peter Hille's remark that Lasker-Schüler was a 'Sappho whose world had broken apart'. Her world of experience was a constant swing between extremes: an intense longing for communication which, thwarted, led back to isolation and despair. The wish for contact and withdrawal from reality often coexist in irreconcilable conflict, only resolved by the poet's own acceptance of things as they are. She came closest to such acceptance in her search for God, which led to her religious poetry.
Title:Else Lasker-Schüler: The Broken WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.39 inPublished:August 11, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521168368

ISBN - 13:9780521168366


Table of Contents

Prefatory note; Abbreviations; Part I. Introduction; Part II. A Biographical Outline: 1. Myth and reality; 2. Childhood; 3. Marriage; 4. Friends; 5. Paul; 6. Emigration; 7. Jerusalem; Part III. The Swing of the Pendulum: 1. The backward movement: withdrawal: i. Disappointment and resentment; ii. Despair and isolation; iii. Escape into fantasy; iv. Preoccupation with death; 2. The forward movement: outgoing: i. Longing for contact; ii. The erotic encounter; iii. The search for God; Biographical data; Select bibliography; Index; Diagram: the swing of the pendulum.