By Hart Crane, Brom Weber

ISBN-10: 0385015313

ISBN-13: 9780385015318

Edited with an creation and notes by way of Brom Weber.

In his haunted, short existence, Hart Crane shaped a distinctively smooth idiom that fused the ornate rhetoric of the Elizabethans, the ecstatic enigmas of Rimbaud, and the prophetic utterances and cosmic sympathy of Whitman, in a quest for wholeness and therapeutic in what he referred to as “the damaged world.”

White Buildings, probably the best debut quantity in American poetry on account that Leaves of Grass, is yet a ravishing prelude to Crane's masterpiece The Bridge, his superb evocation of the United States from Columbus to the Jazz Age that countered the pessimism of Eliot's The Waste Land and have become an important effect on poets whose influence keeps to this day.

Gathered listed below are the full poems and a range of prose and a few of Crane's letters, numerous of which had by no means sooner than been released.

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Im Mai 1939 lebten, wie eine Volkszählung ergab, nur noch 213 000 „Volljuden“ im Altreich. Ende 1939 waren es gerade noch 190000, ein „gebrochener Rest“ (Saul Friedländer). 2. Zweiter Weltkrieg und Massenmord, Widerstand und „deutsche Katastrophe“ Nirgendwo ist Hitlers persönliche Rolle, seine Handschrift als Diktator, deutlicher zu erkennen als im Willen zum Krieg, den er Deutschland und Europa aufzwang. In einer Mischung aus ideologischem Wahn, pervertierter Rationalität und brutalster Skrupellosigkeit hat er ein „Programm“ entwickelt und daran bis zu seinem Ende festgehalten.

Mai 1941 die militärischen Vorbereitungen für das „Unternehmen Barbarossa“, den Angriff auf die Sowjetunion, abzuschließen. Nach dem Balkanfeldzug im Frühjahr 1941 und der Kapitulation Jugoslawiens und Griechenlands begann am 22. Juni der Rußlandfeldzug. Und als sich das Deutsche Reich nach dem japanischen Überfall auf Pearl Harbour auf die Seite seines fernöstlichen Verbündeten stellte und am 11. Dezember 1941 auch den USA den Krieg erklärte, war aus dem „letzten europäischen Krieg“ der Zweite Weltkrieg geworden.

Die Deutschen hatten unter Hitlers Führung Europa mit Gewalt und Völkermord überzogen; nun mußten sie, vor allem die Bevölkerung der Ostgebiete und der DDR, die Konsequenzen tragen. Mitte der fünfziger Jahre lag das Resultat des Zweiten Weltkriegs offen vor aller Augen: Der „Sonderweg“ des deutschen Nationalstaates hatte zu seiner Zerschlagung geführt. Der historische Preis, den die Deutschen für ihre Untaten zu entrichten hatten, lag zum einen im Verlust der Ostgebiete, zum anderen in der – wie es schien – dauerhaften staatlichen Teilung.

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