By Frieda W. Aaron
This ebook is a pioneering learn of Yiddish and Polish-Jewish focus camp and ghetto poetry. It unearths the impression of the immediacy of expertise as a formative impact on conception, reaction, and literary mind's eye, arguing that literature that's contemporaneous with unfolding occasions bargains perceptions diverse from these offered after the fact.
Documented this is the emergence of poetry because the dominant literary shape and fastest response to the atrocities. The authors exhibits that the challenge of the poets was once to supply testimony to their epoch, to talk for themselves and should you perished. For the Jews within the condemned international, this poetry was once a motor vehicle of cultural sustenance, a way of maintaining conventional values, and an expression of ethical defiance that frequently saved the spirit of the readers from dying.
The explication of the poetry (which has been translated via the writer) provide not easy implications for the sector of severe concept, together with shifts in literary practices--prompted by way of the turning out to be atrocities--that demonstrate a spectrum of complicated experimental techniques.
"...this booklet has singular significance as a research of poetry relating to the Holocaust...[and] genuine advantage as a source within the burgeoning box of severe conception more often than not, poetics in particular."--Terrence Des Pres
"...a amazing contribution to Holocaust scholarship."--Irving Halperin
"...it is without doubt one of the top works I ever learn at the subject..."--Miriam Novitch
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These writers divined from historical events not only the crisis of the individual and Western civilization but that of the entire world. In Szlengel's world their catastrophic vision was a prophecy fulfilled. Yet when Szlengel wrote his early poem "Telephone," he probably envisioned, like the rest of the incredulous world, neither the savagery nor the extent of the tragedy that was to come. A long poem (twenty-four stanzas of four lines each with an uneven rhyme schemel, "Telefon," like all Szlengel's ghetto poetry, is marked by "unpoetic" language.
Since Lechon's fame and influence were well established in Poland, Szlengel was probably thoroughly familiar with Lechon's famous epiphany. This would render his influence on Szlengel singularly ironic. For while Lechon's metaphysical loneliness reflects an interwar form of anguish, Szlengel's mirrors the deadly isolation of the Jew in the Holocaust. While Lechon's anguish arises from the implacable cosmic void-a form of Sartrean " nothingness"-Szlengel's pain springs from the palpable fullness of an expanding hell.
Like Szlengel's "Telephone," the opening stanzas of "The First Night in the Ghetto" are an evocation of the bewilderment of a poet, the integrity of whose youth has been violated. Yet Sutzkever's poem is mediated by an inner vision and cultural retina that are radically different from those of Szlengel. While Sutzkever was anchored in Jewish culture and the Yiddish language, the more assimilated Szlengel was rooted in both Polish and Yiddish cultures. When immured in the Warsaw ghetto, Szlengel experienced a bereavement at the separation that was alien to Sutzkever.
Bearing the Unbearable: Yiddish and Polish Poetry in the Ghettos and Concentration Camps (SUNY Series in Modern Jewish Literature & Culture) by Frieda W. Aaron