Ernst Toller

(1 December 1893 – 22 May 1939 / Samotschin / Poland)

Ernst Toller Poems

1. The Visitor 3/30/2012
2. For The Dead Of The Revolution 3/30/2012
3. Twilight 3/30/2012
4. Deutschland 3/30/2012
5. Sentry 3/30/2012
6. Factory Smokestacks At Dawn 3/30/2012
7. Nightmare 3/30/2012
8. To The Trench 3/30/2012
9. November 3/30/2012
10. Corpses In The Woods 1/1/2004
11. Spring 1/1/2004

Comments about Ernst Toller

  • Aviva Cantor (9/2/2018 11:52:00 AM)

    (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 (9/2/2018 11:48:00 AM)

    i just submitted a comment about the swallow book. didn't u receive it? ? ? ? ?

  • Aviva Cantor (9/2/2018 11:48:00 AM)

    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.

Best Poem of Ernst Toller


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.

Oh, Brothers, know that young spring came
In a whirlwind.
Quickly throw off tired grief
And follow her in a host.

I have never felt so strongly
How much I love you, Oh, Germany,
As the magic of spring surrounds you
Amidst the bustle of war.

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