Das letzte Wort. Prophetie und Postskriptum

in Poetica
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Abstract

Peter Huchel’s poetics of ultimate isolation, in which the relationship between private fate and power comes to the fore, is constituted by allusions to allegorically decaying rudiments of peripheral legends and apocrypha. Thus, the traces of a poem by Huchel, which remained uncommented in research, lead to a ballad by Alexander Pushkin and further to the Old-Russian Chronicles. These three poetics, the chronical, the romantic, and the late modernist, formulate historically important ruler-writer constellations, negotiating metaphorical tensions between narration and figuration that go far beyond an intertextual intrigue.