Originally published in 1965, this book was written to provide 'a not too obtrusive guide' to German poetry from Luther's time up until Brecht's. For the most part, the text consists of poems followed by questions, whose purpose is not to provoke an interpretation or to test knowledge so much as to suggest possible starting-points from which lines of thought or of imagination may run. On the whole, the questions are not meant to be answered one by one, but rather to arouse a certain kind of interest and appreciation. A glossary and a guide for further reading are also included. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in poetry and German literature.
Acknowledgements; On using this book; 1. German and English; 2. Variants; 3. Themes; 4. Trends; 5. For free comment; Glossary; Chronological list of German poets in this volume; Index of titles and first lines; Further reading; Comments on certain poems.