"Wir sind so wund" : Nelly Sachs' lakonisches Sprechen über die Folgen der Shoah

"We are so sore" : Nelly Sachs's laconic words on the effects of the Shoah

  • The poetic language of the Nobel Prize winner Nelly Sachs has already been examined from several points of view. Nelly Sachs has often been mentioned in connection with Klopstock and Hölderlin owing to her 'high tone' (cf. e.g. Paul Hoffmann's article 'On Nelly Sachs' Pathos' from 1994). However, even earlier than the style which Hoffmann characterized as the "seed of the concise, hermetic late style with a more moderate pathos", literary techniques other than pathetic speech can be found in the work of Nelly Sachs. In the poems 'WE ARE SO sore', 'SOMEONE COMES', 'A PUNCH' behind a hedge, there is a laconic style, far removed from all hermeticism, which is able precisely to depict the impact of the Shoah on its survivors. This style seems to be cognate with Kaschnitz's late elliptical works, Celan's "greyer language", and Bachmann's laconic poems, all from the 1960s. It is this particular style that is examined in this article.

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Author:Jana HrdličkováGND
Parent Title (German):Acta Facultatis Philosophicae Universitatis Ostraviensis / Studia Germanistica
Publisher:Ostravská univerzita v Ostravě
Place of publication:Ostrava
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2011
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2014/09/02
GND Keyword:Judenvernichtung <Motiv>; Sprache; Sachs, Nelly
Page Number:10
First Page:113
Last Page:122
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 83 Deutsche und verwandte Literaturen / 830 Literaturen germanischer Sprachen; Deutsche Literatur
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
BDSL-Klassifikation:17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) / BDSL-Klassifikation: 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.18.00 Zu einzelnen Autoren
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Acta Facultatis Philosophicae Universitatis Ostraviensis / Studia Germanistica / Studia Germanistica 9
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht