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War Poetry
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War Poetry

Prophecies of a coming war had been a theme in German poetry since the beginning of the century. Expressionist poets conjured up the war in apocalyptic images that alternated between the fear of its violence and a yearning for its purifying and regenerative power. Feelings of restlessness and dissatisfaction over a long and “foul” peace gave rise to fantasies of war in the sense of a longed-for renewal, often expressed through theological formulations such as Judgment Day or the twilight of…

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Hüppauf, Bernd, “War Poetry”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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