Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht Biography

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht; was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director.

An influential theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made equally significant contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter particularly through the seismic impact of the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble — the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht and his wife, long-time collaborator and actress Helene Weigel.

Life and Career

Bavaria (1898–1924)

Bertolt Brecht was born in Augsburg, Bavaria, (about 50 miles (80 km) north-west of Munich) to a conventionally-devout Protestant mother and a Catholic father (who had been persuaded to have a Protestant wedding). His father worked for a paper mill, becoming its managing director in 1914. Thanks to h ...

Bertolt Brecht Quotes

11 November 2014

What they could do with round here is a good war. What else can you expect with peace running wild all over the place? You know what the trouble with peace is? No organization.

11 November 2014

Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.

11 November 2014

Food first, then morality.

11 November 2014

No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.

11 November 2014

You don't need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky, but you do have to be insured.

Bertolt Brecht Comments

Isaac Shea 30 July 2018

This poet is dead. of course he hasn't posted in the past 14 days. BTW, i am trying to do a english assignment about the poem song of the German Mother and this crappy website -which supplies all of Berthold Brecht's poems- doesn't have it! ? what a stupid website. thanks for helping me on my assignment

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Romesh singh 30 April 2018

the crutches poem in hindi

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Questions From A Worker Who Reads

Who built Thebes of the seven gates?
In the books you will find the names of kings.
Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock?
And Babylon, many times demolished
Who raised it up so many times? In what houses
of gold-glittering Lima did the builders live?
Where, the evening that the Wall of China was finished
Did the masons go? Great Rome
Is full of triumphal arches. Who erected them? Over whom
Did the Caesars triumph? Had Byzantium, much praised in song
Only palaces for its inhabitants? Even in fabled Atlantis
The night the ocean engulfed it
The drowning still bawled for their slaves.

The young Alexander conquered India.
Was he alone?
Caesar beat the Gauls.
Did he not have even a cook with him?

Philip of Spain wept when his armada
Went down. Was he the only one to weep?
Frederick the Second won the Seven Year's War. Who
Else won it?

Every page a victory.
Who cooked the feast for the victors?
Every ten years a great man?
Who paid the bill?

So many reports.
So many questions.

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