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Anglica Germanica Series 2 : Else Lasker-Schuler: The Broken World - Hans W. Cohn

Anglica Germanica Series 2

Else Lasker-Schuler: The Broken World

Paperback Published: 11th August 2011
ISBN: 9780521168366
Number Of Pages: 176

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Else Lasker-Schuler (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-Schuler 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."

Prefatory note
A Biographical Outline
Myth and reality
The Swing of the Pendulum
The backward movement: withdrawal
Disappointment and resentment
Despair and isolation
Escape into fantasy
Preoccupation with death
The forward movement: outgoing
Longing for contact
The erotic encounter
The search for God
Biographical data
Select bibliography
Diagram: the swing of the pendulum
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ISBN: 9780521168366
ISBN-10: 0521168368
Series: Anglica Germanica Series 2
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 11th August 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.23