Frankfurter Anthologie: Christian Morgenstern: Sea Surf

The sea has always helped to provide in-depth Thinking and, in spite of all the dangers to peaceful or less peaceful activities out of advancing technology, wit

Frankfurter Anthologie: Christian Morgenstern: Sea Surf

The sea has always helped to provide in-depth Thinking and, in spite of all the dangers to peaceful or less peaceful activities out of advancing technology, with all the more. It was upgraded in the years after the German Empire was founded in 1871, the birth year of Christian morning star, the Imperial Navy.

In 1897, stern's collection of poems appeared in the morning "In many Ways", he called them almost of his 'journeyman's piece', and enjoyed some of the time – wrongly – as a thought lyrical "Dehmelei" was dismissed. Under the title "Four elemental fantasies" can be found in a small cycle with the poems "sea surf", "earth giant," "The storm" and "The flame", which will give all the elements in their Extermination campaigns against the people in a sharp voice.

Christian Morgenstern approaches the old motif of the stormy sea, not from the point of view of the distressed seafarer or of the of the beholder, which followed in the safe port of the shipwrecked, with schauderndem-being. Rather, he lets the sea speak for themselves, and to rotate the perspective, in the implacability of the monologue is a kind of contra-facture of the nature ballad. "Calm sea" and "the Happy journey" are in the past.

Today mild, tomorrow wild

As a Scion of a family of landscape painters, which he wanted to join originally, has Morgenstern designed to their preferred Subjects of poetic counter-models. In his poems he has aroused an imagined other landscapes ("The spirit, to make from the Chaos of the world, / gives birth to an army of landscape Views"), and, as is well known, quirky Design to the world, of which there are some in the literary Canon have managed.

for A time, Morgenstern of Nietzsche was impressed by his rejection of a technology-obsessed Modern, of the dithyrambic language and, not least, of the sea and seafaring metaphor as an expression for the loss of a meaningful instance, which, of course, also the hope of freedom was linked to: "On the ships, you philosophers!"

Ironically turned to morning star against the belief in progress embedded in the Wilhelmine Era, against bureaucracy ("Korf office..."), against jingoism and fleet of enthusiasm, receives from the police. With this attitude, he was, of course, not alone, but such an immediate apocalyptic Vision by the sea-subject, otherwise rather a symbol handled the activist, finds himself at the time, hardly.

Updated Date: 09 August 2020, 05:20

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