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Enzensberger: Don’t read poetry, my son October 3, 2017

Posted by anagasto in poetry.
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In Germany it is  included in schoolbook anthologies. The poet is  popular.

Don’t read poetry, my son; read the timetables
For they are more exact. Roll up the maps of the sea
Before it is too late. Be alert, don’t sing.

Those encyclica are useful to start a fire

vergissmeinnicht fressen

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Lies keine oden, mein sohn, lies die fahrpläne:
sie sind genauer. roll die seekarten auf,
eh es zu spät ist. sei wachsam, sing nicht.

Complete text in German

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Wikipedia biography at http://tinyurl.com/de39kt

soll der geier vergissmeinicht fressen?
was verlangt ihr vom schakal,

was guckt ihr blöd aus der wäsche
auf den verlogenen bildschirm?

Is the vulture to feed on daisies?

and the last two lines very freely translated are:
what about your stupid faces watching the mendacious screen?

It is so rude that the effect is almost funny, mainly because those of the “stupid faces” are so many that statistically speaking, imagine, since Enzensberger is so popular, among them would be his readers.

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Comments»

1. Peter Lustig - January 22, 2009

That’s great,I really like the depth of your poem & highly entertaining and meaningful.While my knowledge about poetry is not the greatest, I really have a thing for classic German Poetry and Writers.

2. cantueso - January 22, 2009

!!!

I hope you don’t think it is by me! And I am not sure what you mean by “classic”. Enzensberger wrote this about 50 years ago.

3. shivya - January 22, 2009

Brilliant poem. Thanks for the translation :)


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