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A Book of German Lyrics   By: (1878-)

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A Book of German Lyrics by Friedrich Bruns offers a collection of poems that beautifully capture the essence of German literature. Bruns' poems cover a wide range of themes, from love and nature to war and politics, showcasing his versatility as a poet. His words are powerful and thought-provoking, drawing readers in with their emotional depth and vivid imagery. The translations provided in this book are well-executed, maintaining the beauty and rhythm of the original German verses. Overall, A Book of German Lyrics is a compelling read that will resonate with poetry lovers and those interested in German culture alike.

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E text prepared by David Starner, Thomas Berger, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team


Selected And Edited With Notes And Vocabulary


FRIEDRICH BRUNS Assistant Professor Of German, University Of Wisconsin

[Illustration: Ricordo di Tivoli, by Anselm Feuerbach]


In compiling this Anthology my aim has been not so much to acquaint the student with individual great poems as with the poets themselves. With this end in view I have made the selections as full and as varied as possible and included in the Notes short introductory sketches of the poets. Since the book is intended for the work of fourth and fifth semester German in College (or third and fourth year High School), pedagogic considerations imposed certain limitations not only as to individual poems but also as to poets. Thus I felt that I must exclude Novalis, Hölderlin, Brentano, Annette von Droste, Nietzsche and Dehmel. My standard of difficulty aside from matters purely linguistic was: Could a similar poem in English be read and appreciated by the same class of students? Moreover I tried out in a class of fourth semester German all poems that seemed to offer special difficulties and have made use of the experience thus acquired.

Some of my readers will undoubtedly be surprised at finding only two poems of Schiller included in the collection... Continue reading book >>

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