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Karl Krolow was born in 1915 and died in 1999. He studied Geman and French literature, philosophy, and art history. He began writing poetry about nature, especially influenced by Wilhelm Lehmann, but then, under the influence of Modernist French and Spanish poetry (some of which he also translated), his poems take on a more playful yet at the same time matter-of-fact tone. His major achievements involved unrhymed verse; therefore, when Korlow decided to use rhyme in his later works on occasion, it serves our attention. Rhyme is often hard to translate. The translations included in Volume 6, Number 2/3 are hewn to follow meaning as closely as possible and, therefore, do not focus on rhyme.

Kleiner Süden (Our Little South) from Der Einfachheit halber. Gedichte : Vol. 3, No. 2

Wir leben schneller und andere Gedichte (Life in the Fast Lane and other poems) from Die zweite Zeit (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1995): Vol. 6, No. 2/3

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