Paola Quadrelli

Melancholy and the 'style of the future' in Gottfried Benn's Essay 'Ageing as a Problem for Artists'

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This article aims to outline a portrait of the old Gottfried Benn as well as some aspects of his late style on the base of his conference "Altern als Problem für Künstler" (1954) which epitomizes all the aesthetic and poetological questions upon which the ancient poet was reflecting, such as the tragic nature of the artist's destiny, the degenerate nature of the artist and the fundamental opposition between the artist and the "cultural officer".


  • Gottfried Benn
  • Twentieth-Century German Poetry
  • Late Style
  • Ageing and Creativity


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