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‘Dichtung und Wahrheit’: Contemporary War and the Non-combatant Poet

David Wheatley

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0035

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 ‘Dichtung und Wahrheit’: Contemporary War and the Non-combatant Poet

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This chapter studies the poem ‘Dichtung and Wahrheit’, which reflects on the role of people's finer aesthetic sensibilities as they respond to horror. It shows that this is a war poem which was written out of the experience of non-involvement, and which represents and investigates the condition of the non-combatant poet, arguing that the true element of a war poem is the shortfall between actual and artistic justice.

Keywords: non-combatant poet; Dichtung and Wahrheit; aesthetic sensibilities; horror; non-involvement; actual justice; artistic justice

Article.  6543 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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