Her poems are highly musical, her confessional style is at times breath-taking. No matter how many poems she writes, the emotional pain never goes away.   Her Kind I have gone out, a possessed witch, haunting the black air, braver at night; dreaming evil, I have done my hitch over the plain houses, light by […]

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Totentanz Dance of Death Johann Wolfgang von Goethe English by Edgar Alfred Bowring Der Türmer, der schaut zu Mitten der Nacht The warder looks down at the mid hour of night, Hinab auf die Gräber in Lage; On the tombs that lie scatter’d below: Der Mond, der hat alles ins Helle gebracht; The moon fills […]

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Thou hast nor youth nor age But as it were an after dinner sleep. Dreaming of both. Biography (Quoted from the official Nobel Prize Website) Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, of an old New England family. He was educated at Harvard and did graduate work in philosophy at the Sorbonne, […]

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Not under foreign skies Nor under foreign wings protected – I shared all this with my own people There, where misfortune had abandoned us. [1961] INSTEAD OF A PREFACE During the frightening years of the Yezhov terror, I spent seventeen months waiting in prison queues in Leningrad. One day, somehow, someone ‘picked me out’. On […]

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Friedrich Hölderlin  (1770-1843) wurde am 20.3.1770 in Lauffen am Neckar geboren Sein Vater war ein Klosterpfleger, die Mutter Pastorentochter. Er erhielt eine pietistische Erziehung durch Mutter Großmutter und Tante. Bis 1784 besuchte er Schulen in Nürtingen und Denkendorf. Da er von den Eltern zum Theologen bestimmt war, besuchte er das Seminar in Maulbronn, von 1788 […]

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So bist du denn geworden So bist du denn geworden wie ich dich nie gekannt: dein Herz schlägt allerorten in einem Brunnenland, wo kein Mund trinkt und keine Gestalt die Schatten säumt, wo Wasser quillt zum Scheine und Schein wie Wasser schäumt. Du steigst in alle Brunnen, du schwebst durch jeden Schein. Du hast ein […]

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