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Songs from the gallows

Author: Christian Morgenstern
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1993.
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"Christian Morgenstern (1871-1914) was a German poet, theosophist, and translator whose nonsense poems have been among the best-known and best-loved works in Germany throughout this century. Often compared to the drolleries of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, Morgenstern's poems are whimsical yet haunting, a rare blend of humor and odd metaphysical intimations." "Morgenstern wrote the first of his Golgenlieder after  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Morgenstern
ISBN: 0300052782 9780300052787
OCLC Number: 27814461
Description: xviii, 137 p.; 23 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Walter Arndt --
The Moonsheep --
The Funnels --
Fish's Night Song --
The Knee --
The Sigh --
Ding, Dong, Bong --
The Euphonic Mutt --
The Worm's Confession --
The Midnight Mouse --
The Cultist --
The Two Donkeys --
Water --
The Air --
The Board Fence --
The Two Bottles --
The Lay of the Khaki Cork --
The Die --
The Old and Young Pretenders --
Oirish Flood --
The Nasodary --
Antology --
The Hystrix --
Testing --
By the Year Ten Thousand --
The Gi ... ant ... Turtle --
Gull Song --
Roots --
Palmstrom --
Village in Thrace --
Norard --
Sleep before Midnight --
The Ball Game --
Bona Fide --
Animal Costumes --
The Korf Clock --
Palmstrom's Clock --
Korf's Olfaction --
Palmstrom to a Nightingale Who Robs Him of Sleep --
The Coat at Night --
Alpinism --
Korf's Drivel-Shrivel --
The Luncheon Gazette --
The Alum Tree --
Delayed Action Jokes --
The Spaced-Out Watch --
Heavy Air --
The Impossible Event --
Wrong Address --
Metaphor --
Two Parties --
Palma Kunkel --
The Book Label --
Saving Breath --
Deer Mail --
The Parrot --
"Polly" --
Pollo --
The Tomcat --
Peke's Peak --
The Milestone --
Telescopy --
The Unicorn --
The Lox --
The Raven --
Enquiry about the Foregoing --
The Sandwich Bag, or Spontaneous Gestation Blighted --
The Mouse-Eye --
Fate --
The Sparrow and the Kangaroo --
The Canceled Buck --
Parable --
The Jagua --
The Birth of Philosophy --
The Two Parallels --
Memorial --
The Esthete --
St. Oopsadaise --
Inshallah and Mashallah --
The Sniffle --
Kitchen Debate --
Strictly Punctuation --
The Camelepard --
Letter from Mrs. Davy Jones --
Little Legends of the Devil --
Signboards --
Subdivision --
Scholastic Conundrum I --
Scholastic Conundrum II --
The Lambkin Cloud --
The Werwolf.
Other Titles: Galgenlieder.
Responsibility: Christian Morgenstern ; translated by Walter Arndt.

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Morgenstern (1871-1914) was a German poet, theosophist, translator and writer of nonsense poems. Often compared with Carroll and Lear, he wrote his first "Galgenlieder" after an outing past Gallows  Read more...

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