Trakl, Georg

Trakl, Georg

(gāôrk träk`əl), 1887–1914, Austrian expressionist poet. Trakl's work, influenced by French impressionist poetry, reveals his disgust with imperialistic society. An absorption with sorrow and decay permeates his Gedichte [poems] (1913), the only collection published during his lifetime. A pharmacist in the German army, Trakl died from an overdose of drugs. Posthumous publications of his work include Der Herbst des Einsamen [the autumn of the lonely] (1920) and Gesang des Abgeschiedenen [song of the departed] (1933).

Bibliography

See selection of his poems ed. by C. Middleton (1968); biography by H. S. Lindenberger (1971); study by T. J. Casey (1964).

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It made its first breakthrough in the field of lyric poetry with such figures as George Trakl, Georg Heym, Franz Werfel, and Ernst Stadler (1883 - 1914), whose verses are fired with an ecstatic hymnic quality and written in a condensed, expressive language.