"I do not understand [Trakl's poems]; but their tone pleases me. It is the tone of true genius."-Ludwig Wittgenstein
Georg Trakl's genius has slowly been recognized since his death. Trakl reshaped the rather literary German of his day, forcing it to express the anguish of modern living, responding to his own pain and the First World War with work of unique depth and pow
Everything is silver or crystal or blue and everyone seems to go around sighing and being lonely, with a cold forehead. It really is impenetrable stuff at times.
Some of the poems read like haikus but they were a little too long for the immediacy and clarity of that form to be effective here. Mostly I found them repetitive and dull and with some dubious phrasing - the line "A ...more