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By Jens Rieckmann

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Stefan George (1868-1933) is besides Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Rainer Maria Rilke one of many pre-eminent German poets of the 20 th century. He additionally had a big, albeit debatable and provocative position in German cultural historical past. it's quite often agreed that he performed an important half within the transition of German literature to Modernism, fairly in poetry. even as he was once an outspoken critic of modernity. He believed that simply an all-encompassing cultural renewal may retailer glossy guy. even though George is usually associated with the l'art pour l'art flow, and even supposing his creative cognizance was once shaped via eu aestheticism, his poetry and the writings that emerged from the poets and intellectuals he accrued round him within the George Circle are in particular a scathing observation at the political, social, and cultural state of affairs in Germany on the flip of the century. George, who used to be imbued with the assumption of the poet as a prophet and priest, observed himself because the Messiah of a brand new Hellenism and a brand new Reich led through an highbrow and aesthetic elite along with males who have been bonded jointly via their allegiance to a charismatic chief. many of the values that George proclaimed, between them a glorification of energy, of heroism and self-sacrifice, have been seized upon by means of the nationwide Socialists, and therefore his writings and people of his circle have been thought of by way of a few to be proto-fascist. It didn't aid his acceptance that when the second one global struggle a lot of the feedback of his works was once practiced through uncritical, hagiographic George worshippers.

In contemporary years, notwithstanding, there was a renewed and independent curiosity between students and critics in George and his circle. The wide-ranging and unique essays during this quantity discover anew George's poetry and his contribution to Modernism, the relation among his imaginative and prescient of a brand new Reich and fascist ideology, and his significance as a cultural critic.

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Like Algabal’s “Mein garten,” each of these two bird poems depicts an aesthetic entity shielded from an external world that would jeopardize it. But more, in both texts the relation of the self-contained emblem of art to the world outside is simultaneously essential — it is against that greater world that the willed limitation of aesthetic circumscription is defined — and at the same time elusive, unreliable, groundless. The lines that purport to connect what is imagined or dreamed with what is known and verifiable instead curve back to the fantasy world bewilderingly.

George’s two “middle” volumes, Das Jahr der Seele and Der Teppich des Lebens, mark a turn in the way the poems themselves reflect on the position of art in the world to which it is, as it always remains in George’s work, opposed. In these volumes, considered by many to be his best, the paths between art and life are repeatedly proposed, tested, rescinded, reversed — but they are now everywhere a central concern, and the poems no longer figure the disappearance or failure of sustained relation between aesthetic figures and the natural or social world.

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