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German Language and Literature Papers

1989

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Murder And Suicide Revisited: Johannes R. Becher's Literary Treatment Of A Youthful Tragedy, Robert K. Shirer Jun 1989

Murder And Suicide Revisited: Johannes R. Becher's Literary Treatment Of A Youthful Tragedy, Robert K. Shirer

German Language and Literature Papers

The final poem of Die Gnade eines Frühlings, Johannes R. Becher's first book of verse, is entitled "Darstellung." The poet displays himself in front of "das Volk," who will judge him:

Er bebt. Sol1 seine Scham entschleiern . . .

"Alle meine Schamgebundenheiten
Wollen überwunden an mir niedergleiten!"--

Da ward es Licht!

The poet, by putting himself and his shame on exhibit-by the public confession of publishing his work-is bathed in a cleansing light and can overcome his guilt.

Forty years later, Becher reflected in his diary upon his youthful attraction to the confessional elements of Catholicism. He recalls his fascination with ...