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Time in Volker Braun's poetry

Owen, Ruth J. 2004. Time in Volker Braun's poetry. German Monitor 58 , pp. 197-208.

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In Braun's pre-unification collections, the present predominates grammatically and structurally and it is exalted metaphorically as a peak of restlessness, culinary adventure, or sublime revelation. Drawing together chronologically disparate poems to conceive of them as parts in a long-term Auseinandersetzung with the nature of time, this essay examines how Braun variously inscribes the temporal moment. Readings of five poems spanning the period between 1964 and 1996 - 'Könnt ich die Augenblicke leben', 'Die Austern', 'Der Mittag', 'Das Nachleben' and 'Der Reißwolf' - reveal contrasting constructions of the bodily experience of time in terms of presence and absence. They also posit relationships between time and the work of art which indicate a radical poetological shift after Germany's unification of 1990.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PT Germanic literature
Publisher: Rodopi
ISSN: 0927-1910
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 22:55

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