Joachim von der Goltz, Deutsche Sonette [German Sonnets]

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The First World War, during which a cumulative 40 million soldiers and civilians were killed or died prematurely (Mougel 2011: 1), gave rise to many powerful works of art and literature related to war. Poetry from the First World War constitutes a “key element in the socio-cultural memory of the war and its dead” (Minogue and Palmer 2018: 9). It can be divided into two major schools of thought: patriotic war poetry and anti-war poetry. War poets can further be viewed in terms of those who experience a war first-hand in any capacity—whether as a soldier, observer, or victim—and those who do not. Poems written about the First World War generally follow a pattern of emphasizing “the initial idealism and innocence of the volunteers, the shock of combat conditions, the gradual bitter…

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Citation: Carlton, Harriet, Jill E. Twark. "Deutsche Sonette". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 August 2021 [, accessed 04 December 2023.]

40575 Deutsche Sonette 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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