Friedrich Rückert’s Kindertotenlieder
Buckets of dire verse — and still more of dire non-verse — have been poured out by good poets in this century; and oceans thereof by well-known poets. Often a paucity of substance, spirit or both is wrapped in portentous complexity. The poet who — not always only temporarily — has nothing to say has been able since around 1900 to hide his lack in obscurity even more easily than earlier poets hid theirs in smoothness of metre and rhyme.
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- 2.Walter Schmitz, Friedrich Rückert. Gedichte (Stuttgart 1988), 235f.Google Scholar