RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 61458204 LA English T1 The discourse of nature in the poetry of Paul Celan : the unnatural world A1 Tobias, Rochelle,, PB Johns Hopkins University Press PP Baltimore YR 2006 SN 0801882907 9780801882906 AB "Paul Celan has long been regarded as the most important European poet after 1945 but also the most difficult owing to the numerous references in his work to his personal history and to a cultural heritage spanning many disciplines, centuries, and languages. In this study, Rochelle Tobias goes a long way to dispelling the obscurity that has surrounded the poet and his work. She shows that the enigmatic images in his poetry have a common source. They are drawn from the disciplines of geology, astrology, and physiology, or what could be called the sciences of the earth, the heavens, and the human being. Celan's poetry borrows from each of these disciplines to create a poetic universe - a universe that attests to what is no longer and projects what is not yet." "Through a series of close readings and philosophical explorations, Tobias reflects on the experience of time encoded and embodied in Celan's work. She demonstrates that the physical world in his poetry ultimately serves as a showcase for time, which is the most elusive aspect of human experience because it is based nowhere but in the mind. Tobias's interpretations present a new model for understanding Celan's work from the early elegiac poems to the later cryptic texts."--Jacket.