Zur Funktion der Volksliedelemente in Georg Weerths Gedichtzyklus 'Die Not' (1844/45)

Bibliographic Details
Authors and Corporations: Weber, Ernst
Title: Zur Funktion der Volksliedelemente in Georg Weerths Gedichtzyklus 'Die Not' (1844/45)
In: Jahrbuch für Volksliedforschung, 32, 1987, p. 39-63
Erich Schmidt
Physical Description:39-63
ISSN/ISBN: 0075-2789
Summary:<p>On the function of folksong elements in Georg Weerth's poem cycle "Die Not" (1844/45). Interpretations have hitherto used an ahistorical and socially undifferentiated conception of folksong in approaching Weerth's work. He was interested in the collective, group-defining functions of singing for the oppressed; at the same time, the use of certain folksong elements belongs in the tradition of late Romantic poetry and song and is of itself apolitical. In an adaption of a traditional song making fun of tailors, a compact tragic narrative is created out of familiar stereotypes and the connotation of fixed elements is broadened: the result is a contribution to the building of political consciousness addressed simultaneously to the oppressed classes and to the socialist intelligentsia. Within the whole cycle there is a development away from the folksong-style diction of canonical Romantic poetry towards everyday language, paralleling the underlying narrative of the burgeoning of proletarian class-consciousness, and culminating in the Hunger Song: this is an original song intended for popular working-class use, which has overcome the legacy of Romantic norms.</p>
Type of Resource:E-Article
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Language: German