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"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

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Josh Paul
Feb 10, 2008 Josh Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
"I do not understand [Trakl's poems]; but their tone pleases me." -Ludwig Wittgenstein
Dustin Kurtz
Jul 26, 2012 Dustin Kurtz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one has yet done color better.
Martyn
Apr 17, 2012 Martyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2012, room101
Wittgenstein said "I do not understand them..." when referring to Trakl's poems. I'm right there with you Ludwig old fruit.

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
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Joanna
This book is recommended by Harold Bloom (on his Western Canon list) and the author seems to have a troubled life followed by a suicide. But the poems didn't seem all that interesting or compelling to me. He had a weird sort of love for his sister, though I couldn't tell from this collection whether she was still alive. A majority of the poems used blue images.
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Georg Trakl was an Austrian poet. He is considered one of the most important Austrian Expressionists.
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