Nelly Sachs | Critical Essay by Stephen Spender

This literature criticism consists of approximately 7 pages of analysis & critique of Nelly Sachs.
This section contains 604 words
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Critical Essay by Stephen Spender

One terrible aspect of our century is that fantasies horrible as the worst nightmares of writers like Baudelaire and Dostoevsky in the previous century have become literally true, realized in world wars, mass murder, genocide, concentration camps. They have come true in the minds of all of us, and in the lives and deaths of the victims….

Nelly Sachs … escaped from the Germany of concentration camps into neutral Sweden in 1940. [She is] a poet who writes out of a life immersed in the horror of the actual nightmare, the deaths of those who were burned in ovens. Reading "O the Chimneys," one is there. One feels at once that here is a writer who does not make poetry out of material which she imagines from afar. Her poetry is the lived material itself.

Her poems have variety, but they might all be one...

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This section contains 604 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Alvin H. Rosenfeld
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