German Lyric Poetry: A Critical Analysis of Selected Poems from Klopstock to Rilke, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

German Lyric Poetry

A Critical Analysis of Selected Poems from Klopstock to Rilke, 1st Edition

By S. S. Prawer


272 pages

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Originally published in 1952, this book provides a detailed critical analysis of 40 German lyrics. All the poems analysed are reprinted in full, so that criticism may be checked by reference to the original text. The book therefore provides a unique introduction to German poetry from the Age of Enlightenment to that of Rilke, without burdening the reader with too much details about minor figures.

Table of Contents

1. Approaching the German Lyric 2. The Lyric Poetry of the Aufklärung 3 Klopstock and the ‘Göttinger Hain’ 4. Goethe 5. Schiller 6. Hölderlin 7. The Romantics 8. Heine and Platen 9. Poetic Realism 10. Munich Interlude and Naturalist Reaction 11. Chaos and Control 12. Rilke. Conclusion. Biographical Notes. Select Bibliography. Index. Index First Lines.

About the Author

Siebert Salomon Prawer was Taylor Professor of the German Language and Literature at the University of Oxford.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: German Literature

Originally published between 1938 and 1996, the volumes in this set provide a survey of German poetry, prose and fiction from the Middle Ages to the late 20th Century. In many cases no prior knowledge of German is necessary, as translations into English are provided. Many of the books focus particularly on German writers and literature from an international perspective.

The books:

  • Analyse Naturalism, Impressionism, Neo-romanticism and Expressionism as well as dealing exhaustively with Surrealism, Magic Realism and Existentialism.

  • Include discussion of post-war Anglo-American and French literature.


  • Provide guidebooks through the masses of periodicals and allows the English side of the Anglo-German literary relationship to be explored in detail.

  • Present a detailed analysis of the major literary movements in Austria and Germany from the end of the nineteenth century to the collapse of the Third Reich


  • Examine two of the central themes of medieval German mythology, the Dietrich and Nibelung legends

  • Survey the development of political writing in the former Federal Republic of Germany, Illustrating the connections between literature and politics


  • Elucidate the concealed meanings in some of the more obscure writings of great authors such as Goethe

  • Provides a full survey of the best and most significant work of German writers to the First World War.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / German