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Authors

Howard Stern

Keywords

Die Winzer, Paul Celan, The Vintagers, poem, narrates, composition, reception, metaphor, communion, ritual, kinaesthesis, W. K. Wimsatt, verbal mimesis

Abstract

Paul Celan's "Die Winzer" (E. "The Vintagers") is a poem that narrates the story of its own composition and eventual reception through the metaphor of a ritual communion. At the same time, particularly in its rhythmic structure, the poem imitates that very communion by means of a traditional poetic device called "kinaesthesis" (in the recent semiotic terminology of W. K. Wimsatt). The essay is a reading of "Die Winzer" that develops its semiotic complexities and seeks to assign it a proper place in the general field of "verbal mimesis." The present author is not a philosopher, nor does he require a reader who is.

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