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Graff, M (2019). Stimmungen, Spannungen, Visionen. Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch, 60(1), 339-371.
Graff, Max (2019). "Stimmungen, Spannungen, Visionen" Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch, vol. 60no. 1, 2019 pp. 339-371.
Graff, M (2019). Stimmungen, Spannungen, Visionen. Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch, Vol. 60 (Issue 1), pp 339-371.


Stimmungen, Spannungen, Visionen

Beobachtungen zur Kriegslyrik Wilhelm Klemms

Graff, Max

Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch, Vol. 60 (2019), Iss. 1 : pp. 339–371

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Max Graff, Heidelberg


Wilhelm Klemm, Expressionist poet and military surgeon on the Western front during World War I, published approximately 60 war poems, both in his collection Gloria! (1915) and in several literary magazines such as Franz Pfemfert’s Aktion. Some of them were soon hailed as eminently critical of common, glorifying poetic visions of war. This is certainly adequate; a closer scrutiny of the entire corpus of Klemm’s war poems, however, reveals a peculiar diversity which requires an awareness for their ambivalences. The article therefore considers three fields of inquiry: the poems’ depiction of the human body, their relation to lyrical paradigms focussed on nature and Stimmung, and ways of transcending both these paradigms and naturalistic representations of war and its effects. It thus identifies Klemm’s different modes of perceiving, interpreting and processing the experience of the Great War.

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Max Graff: Stimmungen, Spannungen, Visionen. Beobachtungen zur Kriegslyrik Wilhelm Klemms 1
Abstract 1
I. 1
II. 5
III. 7
IV. 1
1. Die Bedeutung des Körpers 1
2. Klemms Kriegsgedichte als Variationender poetischen Paradigmen Natur- und Stimmungslyrik 1