A Brief Analysis on Todesfuge by Celan
Todesfuge is an important work by Paul Celan, who is a famous lyric poet in Contemporary German Literature. The poem embodies the artistic features of the poet’s early poetry, with rich rich artistic appeal, but also contains profound thoughts, therefore, it could be one of the masterpieces that is qualified as a representative for postwar German Literature.
I The Historical Background When the Poem Came Into Being The poem was written by Celan in 1945 but was not published until 1952 due to a various reasons. Compared with Celan’s other poems, especially his later poetry, this one belongs to a category with a strong political tendency, however, it is not that obscure. In this poem, Celan employs a large number of metaphors, with implicit literary techniques and deep brushes, reveals the tragic crimes of fascist genocide in the concentration camps. Todefuge is closely knit, with harmonious musicology, expressing Celan’s intense hatred towards fascism and their shamelessness. In May 2rd, 1947, Celan published a poem entitled “mortii” in Romanian Literature magazine “Contemporary” (Contemporanul)
II A Brief Analysis
The original meaning of the term “Fugue” refers to a very strict musical form, whose theme appears repeatedly in the from of remembrance in each voice part. Celan transplants the musical form into his poetry creation, within which the lyrical form has been successfully adopted expressing the sad