Doktor Erich Kästners Lyrische Hausapotheke
Gedichte für den Hausbedarf der Leser, nebst einem Vorwort und einer nutzbringenden Gebrauchsanweisung samt Register
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published 2009 by Atrium Verlag, Hamburg
(first published January 1st 1986)
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Feb 11, 2009 yellow tree rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who abandons himself to his grief
the title is surely misleading, part of the irony that is pervading the whole book: since i doubt that the poems which are collected here really do help against the states of mind they are supposed to cure. they surely give you a laugh or at least a smile every once in a while, but definitely not of happiness, for they are too embittered, too ironic, too pessimistic - a feel that completely contradicts the light-hearted, sometimes bothersome rhythm and rhyme. for that reason, someone who seeks f...more
May 19, 2013 Lars rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
The lyrical first aid kit for everyday's sorrows and suffering. Kästner writes poetry that critizises the dull repetitions of modern life. He comments on topics like sickness, lonliness, heartache, big city life, the seasons and poverty. Kästner's poems create a distorted image of these problems in order to make you realize the absurdity of the situation and through this process he creates the possibility to see your own sorrows from a differnt perspective. Reading poems from this book always ma...more
This is a lovely collectin of Kästners poetry. Kästner's words are always simple, but each of his poems manages to really get to the core of things. Some of them are melancholy and thoughtful, some of them sad and wistful, and quite a lot of them are full of a good chunk of irony and humour.
I love the way this book is organized: you can look up by poems by your current state of mind. Not sure that the poems are always a cure (sometimes they make it worse) but it is one of my favorite collections of Kaestner poems. Again, simple but wonderful.
Erich Kästner (23 February 1899 – 29 July 1974) was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature.More about Erich Kästner...