By Yvonne Pearson, Kathleen Petelinsek
Provides an outline of limericks, together with the form's background, parts, and features and the way poets use limericks to precise principles.
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Thus, the notion of poetic progression offers performers an approach to poetry that differs dramatically from immersion into details of poetic expression we have been advocating so far. The two approaches are, in fact, complementary; once performers master the details of poetic meaning, the singer and pianist can place the poetic complexities into their poetic progression: the overarching temporal experience that makes the poem and its setting a coherent whole. The concept of STIMMUNG is more difficult to define.
This interpretation casts a different light on the first and second dreams of lost love. The earlier dreams of loss resulted in tears because the poet remembered past love or feared future loss. The final dream of achieving love then prompts tears because the poet is without love in the present. This second Heine poem uses irony to explore the Romantic preoccupations with the dichotomies of dream and reality, of loss and fulfillment, in addition to the threefold relationship to time: recalling the past, existing in the present, and yearning for or fearing the future.
Exercises Using the poems below, identify all the German Romantic images and themes you can find, showing how some images and themes work together. As an example, we analyze the first stanza of Joseph von Spaun's "Der Jungling und der Tod" ("The Young Man and Death") as follows: Derjungling: Die Sonne sinkt Ach konnt ich mil ihr scheiden Mil ihrern letzten Strahl entfliehn! Ach diese namenlosen Qualen meiden Und weit in schonre Welten ziehn! The Young Man: The sun sinks, Ah, that I might with it depart, With its last ray might flee!