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date: 17 November 2019

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This chapter studies the poem ‘Dichtung and Wahrheit’, which reflects on the role of people's finer aesthetic sensibilities as they respond to horror. It shows that this is a war poem which was written out of the experience of non-involvement, and which represents and investigates the condition of the non-combatant poet, arguing that the true element of a war poem is the shortfall between actual and artistic justice.

Keywords: non-combatant poet, Dichtung and Wahrheit, aesthetic sensibilities, horror, non-involvement, actual justice, artistic justice

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