Colloquia Germanica Stetinensia

Previously: Zeszyty Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego. Colloquia Germanica Stetinensia

ISSN: 0867-5791    OAI
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Issue archive / nr 23
„WENN DU EINTRÄTEST INS LAND DER AUFERSTANDENEN, WAS WÄR?“: TODESDEUTUNGEN IN GEWÄHLTEN GEDICHTEN VON JOHANNES KÜHN
(“WHAT IF YOU WALKED INTO THE LAND OF THE RESURRECTED?” INTERPRETATIONS OF DEATH IN THE SELECTED POEMS BY JOHANNES KÜHN)

Authors: Ewa Anna Piasta
Uniwersytet Jana Kochanowskiego w Kielcach
Keywords: Johannes Kühn poetry death
Year of publication:2014
Page range:19 (159-177)
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Abstract

The article is devoted to the poetic output of a contemporary German poet Johannes Kühn. The analysis encompasses six poems concerned with the problem of death and dying. Its aim is to capture Kühn’s characteristic way of talking about this problem. The poet makes use of biblical motifs, whose meaning, however, he modifies to show a particular aspect he wants to focus on. The lyrics display a belief in the possibility of the soul’s existence after death, but also without hope for the communion with God. Processes taking place in nature are used as an image of human condition. By death, Kühn understands not only physical death, but also loneliness and being forsaken by others (social aspect of death), and being enslaved by destructive emotions, such as shame.
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