This essay aims at an overview of W. G. Sebald's lyrical production, a hitherto neglected area of research. The article examines poetry's role in the works of Sebald and focuses in particular on texts published posthumously from his literary estate, as well as on pieces printed in various scattered sources from 1964 up to his death in 2001. The main thematic focus in this cross-section of Sebald's lyrical writings is a motif that likewise typified his fictional works: the topic of travel. In addition my survey of Sebald's poetry is complemented by a study of those texts revolving around the motif of insomnia. Death, a dominant theme in Sebald's lyrical works, as it was in his fiction, concludes my essay.
|Translated title of the contribution||'The land that may only be entered barefooted/one may enter only barefooted': on W. G. Sebald's lyric poetry|
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||German Life and Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Jan 2014|