Poet Agnes Miegel..Ostpreussen


Ormond Beach, United States

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East Prussia Poet, Agnes Miegel..Ostpreussen…. born 1879 in Königsberg, East Prussia , died 1964 in Bad Salzuflen, Germany. Her best-known lyrical works are ballads written in the classical tradition and poems about her East Prussian homeland……..Her fame and popularity was expressed when a German postage stamp was issued in 1979 to remember her 100th Birthday……In his book “A Terrible Revenge” the American lawyer and historian Alfred de Zayas writes about the literature of Germans from East Prussia, Silesia and Sudetenland, including Agnes Miegel, who personally suffered the expulsion from East Prussia at the end of the Second World War and expressed her loss and consternation in many poems published (mostly posthumously) in “Gedichte, Erzählungen, Erinnerungen” . Her touching poem “Es War Ein Land” was translated into English by de Zayas:…. “Once there was this land—we loved this land—yet horror fell upon it just as dunes of sand. As elks in marsh and meadow vanished, so the trace of man and beast is lost. They froze in snow, they scorched in flames, how miserably they wasted in the hands of strangers. Deep under the Baltic waves they lie, their bones awash in bays and straits, they sleep on Jutland’s sandy bosom, — and we, the lone survivors, wander homelessly, like seaweed strewn about after the storms, like autumn leaves that drift and sob. Alone You, Our Father, You do know What this our desolation means.”………………………..Agnes Miegel received the Kleist Prize for lyric in 1913, the Herder Prize in 1936, the Goethe Prize of the City of Frankfurt in 1940, the literature prize of the Bavarian Academy of Art in 1959 and the West Prussian Cultural Prize in 1962. She was a member of the German Academy of Poetry (Deutsche Akademie der Dichtung) and an honorary doctorate of the University of Königsberg

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