Ernst Toller

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Ernst Toller was a left-wing German playwright, best known for his Expressionist plays and serving as President of the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic, for six days.

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Ernst Toller was born in Samotschin, Poland, on 1st December 1893. His father was a successful Jewish wholesale merchant. He was schooled in Bromberg where ...
Popular Poems
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Spring
In spring I go to war
To sing or to die.
What do I care for my own troubles?
Today I shatter them, laughing in pieces.
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Corpses In The Woods
A dung heap of rotting corpses:
Glazed eyes, bloodshot,
Brains split, guts spewed out
The air poisoned by the stink of corpses
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November
Cities are so far away, humans live there.
The knot chokes at your throat, a gray
horror caresses your limbs. Who will freedom behold?
When, at last, will the grubs rise up?
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To The Trench
Through shell-holes,
puddles of mud,
they trudge.
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Nightmare
The people's conscience squats
on a worm-eaten pole.
Around the pole dance the bones of three children.
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Aviva Cantor 02 September 2018
(2nd submission; previous one apparently unreceived) : where are the Swallow Poems composed by Toller while in prison and published outside from a manuscript smuggled out. the Swallow Book tells the true and tragic story of a pair of swallow who established a nest in Toller's cell and cared for one another and for their young. The pair came to a tragic end.
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Aviva Cantor 02 September 2018
i just submitted a comment about the swallow book. didn't u receive it? ? ? ? ?
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Aviva Cantor 02 September 2018
Where are The Swallow Poems? Toller wrote a book of poetry while in prison about the pair of swallows that established a nest in his cell. The poems, deeply moving, express his joy at the birds' devotion to each other and to their young, and his despair at their tragic end. He smuggled the manuscript out of prison and it was published and later translated into English.
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