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Erich Kästner

Erich Kästner was a German writer and poet of the 20th century, best known for his children's books such as "Emil and the Detectives". His poetry style is nicely described by clear and concise language, with a subtle sense of humour and deep human empathy.


Kästner often used an ironic or sarcastic tone to examine social problems or human weaknesses critically. At the same time, however, he was able to describe everyday situations and portray human relationships in all their complexity with subtle humour and a pleasant lightness of touch.


Another characteristic of Kästner's poetic style is his ability to express complex thoughts and feelings in concise and precise images. His poems are often very personal and autobiographical, but they also touch on universal themes such as love, loneliness, loss, and hope.


Overall, it can be said that Kästner's poetry style is often spiced with lucid language, subtle humour, and deep human empathy. He was a master of observation and description of interpersonal relationships, and his poems are still of great importance and relevance today.


Poems by Erich Kästner are also among the well-known German poems.


  • To the photograph of a confirmand

  • Lullaby (1928)

  • Christmas carol, chemically cleaned (1928)

  • Warning against shooting oneself

  • Suburban streets

  • Despair No. 1

  • Verdun, many years later

  • And where is the positive, Mr. Kästner? (1930)

  • Consolation Song in the Subjunctive (1948)

  • Sadness that everyone knows

  • Voices from the mass grave (1928)

  • Stehgeiger's suffering

  • Saying on New Year's Eve

  • So-called class women

  • Balance mortale

  • Objective Romance (1929)

  • Great weather

  • Patriotic bed talk (1930)

  • Paralytic soliloquy (1928)

  • Wet November (1959)

  • Monologue with distributed roles

  • Monologue in the Bathtub (1928)

  • Monologue of the Blind (1929)

  • Misanthropology

  • The regulated contemporary (1930)

  • The Blind Man (1931)

  • To the revolutionary Jesus on his birthday (1930)

  • The Giant Toy (1932)

  • The Almond Tree (1959)

  • The Last Chapter (1930)

  • The Railroad Parable (1931)

  • Chorus of the Fräuleins

  • Citizens, spare your plants (1929)

  • Letter to my son

  • Letter to Santa Claus

  • Visit from the countryside (1929)

  • Said Lenz is here

  • Speaking of loneliness !

  • Address to millionaires

  • Old woman in the cemetery

  • Evening song of the chamber virtuoso (1927)


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