Georg Trakl | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Patrick Bridgwater

This literature criticism consists of approximately 28 pages of analysis & critique of Georg Trakl.
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Critical Essay by Patrick Bridgwater

SOURCE: "Georg Trakl," in The German Poets of the First World War. Croom Helm, 1985, pp. 19-37, 168-70.

The following excerpt analyzes Trakl's work from its perspective on war, highlighting its Kafkaesque images and techniques while citing "Kafka's verdict, that Trakl had too much imagination…. [and the imagination which drove him out of his mind also made him a superb poet."]

Georg Trakl was the most considerable Austrian poet to see active service in 1914-18. The war, when it finally came, must have seemed a mere extension of his inner world, for he lived in a haunting and at times terrifying world of Spenglerian visions, a 'proving-ground for world-destruction' (Karl Kraus) if ever there was one. He raged not against the dying of the light, but against its relentlessness, praying in vain...

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