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Hans Magnus Enzensberger, born in 1929, is a prolific writer of poetry, prose, drama, and cultural criticism. He has been called one of the greatest living poets of the German language. With a background in literary criticism and philosophy as well as writing a dissertation about Brentano, he has also been influential as a translator and editor,particularly of the literary magazine, Kursbuch . His literary debut was verteidigung der wölfe [1957; defense of the wolves]. Notable are also his critique of modern times in Der Untergang der Titanic [1978; The Sinking of the Titanic] and his political views, evident in many literary publications, e.g., on the Third World, as well as in his essays. His poem, »Landessprache,« has already appeared in a different translation by Michael Hamburger in Poems for People who Don't Read Poems by Atheneum, New York 1968.

Landessprache (The Lingo) from »Landessprache«. Gedichte : Vol. 3, No. 2

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