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Bertolt Brecht Poems 1913-1956: 1913-56 Pts.1-3 in 1v Paperback – 12 Feb 1987

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  • Paperback: 627 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen (12 Feb. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413152103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413152107
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 5.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. D. West on 5 Mar. 2010
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Brecht judged poetry acording to how useful it was. This collection is certainly very useful for those who have either no German or not enough to read it without help. A wide range of translators have contributed and the result is an excellent and scholarly volume, fully annotated and with directions on how and where to find the original texts. (In fact, I understand that at the time of publication it was a more scholarly edition than anything available in either of the then two Germanies.) The full range of Brecht's poetic output is available and although, of course, translations are a compromise, these pages are full of readable and skilfully rendered poems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Among the greatest poets of 20th century modernism - Out of Print for decades! 19 Sept. 2013
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I obtained this book when it was published; that copy long ago fell apart and has been glued back together rather sloppily by me! Why this extremely important work of poetic modernism has remained out of print all these years is a great mystery to me. It certainly has to do only with the business of publishing, and nothing to do with the worth of the work inside, which is brilliant, inspired, and among the great treasures of 20th century civilization. That the book is not now readily available is a SCANDAL!!!
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Brecht's poetry may be greater than his plays. 17 Jun. 1996
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Bertolt Brecht has acquired the same status as those other artists whose work is known, but not appreciated. Like Faulkner, Joyce and Proust, he has become transmuted into an adjective; even worse, he has followers who describe themselves as "Brechtian" and who are happy to discuss his theories of drama instead of the dramas themselves.

But things get even worse when you get closer to the man himself, for there is a wealth of evidence that "der arme B.B." was, in fact, a conscienceless thief who stole credit from everyone with whom he worked and, in particular, from the women he charmed into professional and emotional liaisons. Add to this his craven attitude towards Stalin, and his theories of epic theater seem to be, at the very least, a gross exercise in self-deception.

All very off-putting. But his poetry is a different matter. Brecht approaches the reader without the arrogance of a theorist interested in instructing the audience how to think. He is more candid, both personally and politically, willing to condemn his own weaknesses and, in his later years, those of the movement that he had defended at any cost. And, most importantly, his poetry is fresh, direct, cutting and beautiful, even in translation. This is a volume that those who are interested in writing poetry should have.
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Bertolt Brecht: Poems 1913-1956 5 July 2012
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The only thing about this collection that disappointed me was that it didn't seem to contain the famous/infamous "The Legend of the Dead Soldier" poem.
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Brilliant poems 17 Aug. 2000
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These poems are brilliant and inspiring because they were written by a socialist. They were written to make you think about the system.
Questions by a Worker Who Reads is one of my favourite poems. The freeways, offices, electricity system and everything else in our civilization were not built by politicians or company executives - they were built by workers.
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