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WAR POETRY

· Agnita Feis: Menschenmateriaal (gedicht) · August Stramm: Mondschein (Gedicht) · Will Streets: A Soldier’s Funeral (Poem) · Georg Trakl: Nähe des Todes (Gedicht) · Gladys Cromwell: Autumn Communion (Poem) · Will Streets: Comrades (Poem) · August Stramm: Schwermut (Gedicht) · Eardrums. Literary Modernism as Sonic Warfare by Tyler Whitney · Agnita Feis: Meer, meer! (gedicht) · Gladys Cromwell: Choice (Poem) · Gerhard Moerner: Nacht im Schützengraben · Agnita Feis: De Soldaat (gedicht)

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Agnita Feis: Menschenmateriaal (gedicht)

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Menschenmateriaal.

Het is
maar bloed.
Het is
maar been.

Is ‘t heusch
maar stof?
Is ‘t stof
alleen?

Men schendt
natuur.
Men schendt
den geest.

Men is
geen mensch.
Men is
geen beest!

Werp maar
den mensch
in ‘t vuur!
Ga voort!

Maar ‘t is
ùw ziel,
die wordt
vermoord!

Agnita Feis
(1881 – 1944)
Uit: Oorlog. Verzen in Staccato (1916).
Menschenmateriaal
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August Stramm: Mondschein (Gedicht)

 

Mondschein

Bleich und müde
Schmieg und weich
Kater duften
Blüten graunen
Wasser schlecken
Winde schluchzen
Schein entblößt die zitzen Brüste
Fühlen stöhnt in meine Hand.

August Stramm
(1874-1915)
Mondschein, 1914

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Will Streets: A Soldier’s Funeral (Poem)

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A Soldier’s Funeral

No splendid show of solemn funeral rite,
No stricken mourners following his bier,
No peal of organ reaching thro’ his night,
Is rendered him whom now we bury here.

‘Tis but a soldier stricken in the fight,
A youth who flung his passion into life,
Flung scorn at Death, fought true for Freedom’s might,
Till Death did close his vision in the strife.

No splendid rite is here – yet lay him low,
Ye comrades of his youth he fought beside,
Close where the winds do sigh and wild flowers grow,
Where the sweet brook doth babble by his side.
No splendour, yet we lay him tenderly
To rest, his requiem the artillery.

John William (Will) Streets
(1886 –1916)
A Soldier’s Funeral
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Georg Trakl: Nähe des Todes (Gedicht)

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Nähe des Todes

O der Abend, der in die finsteren Dörfer der Kindheit geht.
Der Weiher unter den Weiden
Füllt sich mit den verpesteten Seufzern der Schwermut.

O der Wald, der leise die braunen Augen senkt,
Da aus des Einsamen knöchernen Händen
Der Purpur seiner verzückten Tage hinsinkt.

O die Nähe des Todes. Laß uns beten.
Jn dieser Nacht lösen auf lauen Kissen
Vergilbt von Weihrauch sich der Liebenden schmächtige Glieder.

Georg Trakl
(1887 – 1914)
Nähe des Todes

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Gladys Cromwell: Autumn Communion (Poem)

 

Autumn Communion

This autumn afternoon
My fancy need invent
No untried sacrament.
Man can still commune
With Beauty as of old:
The tree, the wind’s lyre,
The whirling dust, the fire—
In these my faith is told.

Beauty warms us all;
When horizons crimson burn,
We hold heaven’s cup in turn.
The dry leaves gleaming fall,
Crumbs of mystical bread;
My dole of Beauty I break,
Love to my lips I take,
And fear is quieted.

The symbols of old are made new:
I watch the reeds and the rushes,
The spruce trees dip their brushes
In the mountain’s dusky blue;
The sky is deep like a pool;
A fragrance the wind brings over
Is warm like hidden clover,
Though the wind itself is cool.

Across the air, between
The stems and the grey things,
Sunlight a trellis flings.
In quietude I lean:
I hear the lifting zephyr
Soft and shy and wild;
And I feel earth gentle and mild
Like the eyes of a velvet heifer.

Love scatters and love disperses.
Lightly the orchards dance
In a lovely radiance.
Down sloping terraces
They toss their mellow fruits.
The rhythmic wind is sowing,
Softly the floods are flowing
Between the twisted roots.

What Beauty need I own
When the symbol satisfies?
I follow services
Of tree and cloud and stone.
Color floods the world;
I am swayed by sympathy;
Love is a litany
In leaf and cloud unfurled.

Gladys Cromwell
(1885-1919)
Autumn Communion

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Will Streets: Comrades (Poem)

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Comrades

Those whom I’ve known, admired, ardently friended
Lie silent there wrapp’d in a soldier’s shroud;
Death broke their dreams, their aspirations ended,
These sanguine youth, noble, brave and proud.

Slowly they bear them ‘neath the dim star light
Unto their rest – the soldiers’ cemetery:
The chaplain chants a low, brief litany;
The nightingale flings rapture on the night.

Back to their Mother Earth this night return
Unnumbered youth along the far-flung line;
But ’tis for these my eyes with feeling burn,
That Memory doth erect a fadeless shrine –
For these I’ve known, admired, ardently friended
Stood by when Death their love, their youth swift ended.

John William (Will) Streets
(1886 –1916)
Comrades
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More in: - Archive Tombeau de la jeunesse, Archive S-T, Streets, Will, WAR & PEACE


August Stramm: Schwermut (Gedicht)

 

Schwermut

Schreiten Streben
Leben sehnt
Schauern Stehen
Blicke suchen
Sterben wächst
Das Kommen
Schreit!
Tief
Stummen
Wir.

August Stramm
(1874-1915)
Schwermut, 1914

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Eardrums. Literary Modernism as Sonic Warfare by Tyler Whitney

In this innovative study, Tyler Whitney demonstrates how a transformation and militarization of the civilian soundscape in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries left indelible traces on the literature that defined the period.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is eardrums19.jpegBoth formally and thematically, the modernist aesthetics of Franz Kafka, Robert Musil, Detlev von Liliencron, and Peter Altenberg drew on this blurring of martial and civilian soundscapes in traumatic and performative repetitions of war.

At the same time, Richard Huelsenbeck assaulted audiences in Zurich with his “sound poems,” which combined references to World War I, colonialism, and violent encounters in urban spaces with nonsensical utterances and linguistic detritus—all accompanied by the relentless beating of a drum on the stage of the Cabaret Voltaire.

Eardrums is the first book-length study to explore the relationship between acoustical modernity and German modernism, charting a literary and cultural history written in and around the eardrum. The result is not only a new way of understanding the sonic impulses behind key literary texts from the period. It also outlines an entirely new approach to the study of literature as as the interaction of text and sonic practice, voice and noise, which will be of interest to scholars across literary studies, media theory, sound studies, and the history of science.

Tyler Whitney is an assistant professor of German at the University of Michigan.

Tyler Whitney (Author)
Eardrums.
Literary Modernism as Sonic Warfare
Cloth Text – $99.95
ISBN 978-0-8101-4022-6
Paper Text – $34.95
ISBN 978-0-8101-4021-9
Northwestern University Press
Publication Date June 2019
Literary Criticism
232 pages
Price: $24.00

# new books
Tyler Whitney
Eardrums.
Literary Modernism as Sonic Warfare

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Agnita Feis: Meer, meer! (gedicht)

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Meer, meer!

Verwond, vermink,
Schiet dood, houw neer!

      Roep legers op.
   Steeds meer, steeds weer.

Vermorzel ze
Hak z’in elkaar!

Bedenk, het is
uw broeder maar.

Spreek ik zoo goed?
Is ‘t mooi zoo’n lied?..

De mensch sterft uit,
maar ‘t hindert niet!

 

Agnita Feis
(1881 – 1944)
Uit: Oorlog. Verzen in Staccato (1916).
Meer, meer!
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More in: *War Poetry Archive, Agnita Feis, Antony Kok, Archive E-F, Feis, Agnita, Theo van Doesburg (I.K. Bonset), WAR & PEACE


Gladys Cromwell: Choice (Poem)

 

Choice

Imperious Time, I must prefer
Thy just necessity:
Resign the silent, earlier
Beliefs grown dear to me.

The stillness left alternatives
To youth, a freedom wide
And dim as dreaming, but man lives,
And must one day decide.

There is a doom the years compel:
I must approach the goal
Decreed, where it behooves me dwell:
I must declare my soul;

Must speak and choose what stars pertain
To me ; needs must I rest
In their most intimate beams, remain
Committed and confessed.

I claim a tent of stars in place
Of heaven’s confusing dome:
A tent of stars in a dark space —
The sky must be my home.

Gladys Cromwell
(1885-1919)
Choice
From: Poems 1919

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Gerhard Moerner: Nacht im Schützengraben

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Nacht im Schützengraben

Tief will sich der Himmel neigen,
Schwer von seiner Sternenlast.
Runde Leuchtraketen steigen
Auf zu seinem Blaudamast.

Rückwärts ist mein Kopf geglitten
Auf den Sand der Schulterwehr
Und mir ist, als wär ich mitten
In dem weißen Silbermeer.

Schüsse fallen, Rufe kommen,
Meine Hand kühlt kühlen Wind,
Und ich weiß kaum, traumbenommen,
Noch, was Stern, was Augen sind.

Gerhard Moerner

(1894-1917)
Aus: „Aus dem Felde“. Gedichte.
Kugelverlag, Hamburg 1917.

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More in: *War Poetry Archive, - Archive Tombeau de la jeunesse, Archive M-N, WAR & PEACE


Agnita Feis: De Soldaat (gedicht)

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De Soldaat.
 

Geen mensch.
Geen dier.
Geen plant:
Een ding.
 
 
Het mort
noch klaagt:
Zijn kracht
verging.
 
 
Het lijdt.
Het sjouwt.
Het torst
gewicht.
 
 
Geen vreugd.
Geen lach
op zijn
gezicht.
 
 
Vraag.
 
 
O mensch,
mijn vriend,
waar gaat
dat heen?
 
 
Antwoord.
 
 
Het vuur,
de dood,
‘t Is mij
heusch één!

 

Agnita Feis
(1881 – 1944)
Uit: Oorlog. Verzen in Staccato (1916).
De Soldaat
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