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Peter Huchel was born in 1903. He started publishing his poem as early as 1925. During the Second World War, he was a soldier and then in a Soviet POW camp until 1945. In 1948 he published his first book, a collection of poems simply called Gedichte [Poems]. From 1949 to 1962 he was at the helm of Sinn und Form [Sense (or Meaning) and Form], the foremost literary magazine of the GDR. His tenure was not untroubled; in 1953 his dismassal was apparently reconsidered after Brecht had intervened; in 1962 the breech was final: He had to leave because of his »tendency to ideological coexistence«. His works were no longer published in the GDR, and in 1971 he was finally allowed to leave the GDR. He lived in Italy and West Germany, where he died in 1981. In his poems, Huchel often describes the landscape of his childhood, using images to highlight the contrast between humans and nature, where nature, however, is not idyllic.

Winter (Winter) from Gezählte Tage. Gedichte and Peter Huchel. Gesammelte Werke Bd. I: Vol. 3, No. 2

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