Gottfried Benn





Gottfried Benn

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born
in Mansfeld, Germany
May 02, 1886

died
July 07, 1956

gender
male


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Gottfried Benn was a German essayist, novelist and expressionist poet. A doctor of medicine, he became an early admirer, and later a critic, of the National Socialist revolution. Benn had a literary influence on German verse immediately before and after the NS regime.


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Gedichte
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Primal Vision
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Gehirne: Novellen (1916)
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Sämtliche Gedichte
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“Ein Wort

Ein Wort, ein Satz -: aus Chiffren steigen
erkanntes Leben, jäher Sinn,
die Sonne steht, die Sphären schweigen,
und alles ballt sich zu ihm hin.

Ein Wort - ein Glanz, ein Flug, ein Feuer,
ein Flammenwurf, ein Sternenstrich -
und wieder Dunkel, ungeheuer,
im leeren Raum um Welt und Ich.”
Gottfried Benn

“What gave these peoples the right to lead all others? This was what I wondered. What had they to show in that respect? What spiritual image of man had they evolved, to what depths of being and to what external outlines had they worked out the human ideal? Where did their most unearthly, their purest, minds stand? To what coldness of judgment, to what severity of moral decision had their masses attained under their imperial leaders? Recently they talked much of their history. But there was greatness that had no history. Asia had no history. The decline of the Greeks began in the century when Herodotus appeared. They also pointed to their masterhood – master race – all right then, who were these masters?”
Gottfried Benn

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