Bertolt Brecht
Parting by Bertolt Brecht

Parting by Bertolt Brecht

We embrace.Rich cloth under my fingersWhile yours touch poor fabric.A quick embraceYou were invited for dinnerWhile the minions of law are after me.We talk about the weather and ...

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From A German War Primer by Bertolt Brecht

From A German War Primer by Bertolt Brecht

AMONGST THE HIGHLY PLACEDIt is considered low to talk about food.The fact is: they haveAlready eaten.The lowly must leave this earthWithout having tastedAny good meat.For ...

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Alabama Song by Bertolt Brecht

Alabama Song by Bertolt Brecht

Show me the way to the next whisky barOh, don't ask why, oh, don't ask whyShow me the way to the next whisky barOh, don't ask why, oh, don't ask why For if we don't find the next ...

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Questions From A Worker Who Reads by Bertolt Brecht

Questions From A Worker Who Reads by Bertolt Brecht

Who built Thebes of the seven gates?In the books you will find the names of kings.Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock?And Babylon, many times demolishedWho raised it up so ...

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My Young Son Asks Me… by Bertolt Brecht

My Young Son Asks Me… by Bertolt Brecht

My young son asks me: Must I learn mathematics?What is the use, I feel like saying. That two piecesOf bread are more than one's about all you'll end up with.My young son asks me: ...

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Mack The Knife by Bertolt Brecht

Mack The Knife by Bertolt Brecht

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dearAnd he shows them pearly white.Just a jack knife has Macheath, dearAnd he keeps it out of sight.When the shark bites with his teeth, ...

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On The Critical Attitude by Bertolt Brecht

On The Critical Attitude by Bertolt Brecht

The critical attitudeStrikes many people as unfruitfulThat is because they find the stateImpervious to their criticismBut what in this case is an unfruitful attitudeIs merely a ...

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I Want To Go With The One I Love by Bertolt Brecht

I Want To Go With The One I Love by Bertolt Brecht

Ich will mit dem gehen, den ich liebe.Ich will nicht ausrechnen, was es kostet.Ich will nicht nachdenken, ob es gut ist.Ich will nicht wissen, ob er mich liebt.Ich will mit ihm ...

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Contemplating Hell by Bertolt Brecht

Contemplating Hell by Bertolt Brecht

Contemplating Hell, as I once heard it, My brother Shelley found it to be a place Much like the city of London. I, Who do not live in London, but in Los Angeles, Find, ...

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To Posterity by Bertolt Brecht

To Posterity by Bertolt Brecht

1.Indeed I live in the dark ages!A guileless word is an absurdity. A smooth forehead betokensA hard heart. He who laughsHas not yet heardThe terrible tidings.Ah, what an age it ...

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Not What Was Meant by Bertolt Brecht

Not What Was Meant by Bertolt Brecht

When the Academy of Arts demanded freedomOf artistic expression from narrow-minded bureaucratsThere was a howl and a clamour in its immediate vicinityBut roaring above ...

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How Fortunate The Man With None by Bertolt Brecht

How Fortunate The Man With None by Bertolt Brecht

From the play 'Mother Courage'You saw sagacious SolomonYou know what came of him,To him complexities seemed plain.He cursed the hour that gave birth to himAnd saw that everything ...

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Radio Poem by Bertolt Brecht

Radio Poem by Bertolt Brecht

You little box, held to me escaping So that your valves should not break Carried from house to house to ship from sail to train, So that my enemies might go on talking to me, Near ...

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Ich Habe Dich Nie Je So Geliebt by Bertolt Brecht

Ich Habe Dich Nie Je So Geliebt by Bertolt Brecht

I never loved you more, ma soeurThan as I walked away from you that evening.The forest swallowed me, the blue forest, ma soeurThe blue forest and above it pale stars in the west.I ...

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The Solution by Bertolt Brecht

The Solution by Bertolt Brecht

After the uprising of the 17th JuneThe Secretary of the Writers UnionHad leaflets distributed in the StalinalleeStating that the peopleHad forfeited the confidence of the ...

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The Mask Of Evil by Bertolt Brecht

The Mask Of Evil by Bertolt Brecht

On my wall hangs a Japanese carving, The mask of an evil demon, decorated with gold lacquer. Sympathetically I observe The swollen veins of the forehead, indicating What a strain ...

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To Those Born After by Bertolt Brecht

To Those Born After by Bertolt Brecht

ITo the cities I came in a time of disorder That was ruled by hunger. I sheltered with the people in a time of uproar And then I joined in their rebellion. That's how I passed my ...

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On Reading A Recent Greek Poet by Bertolt Brecht

On Reading A Recent Greek Poet by Bertolt Brecht

After the wailing had already begun along the walls, their ruin certain, the Trojans fidgeted with bits of wood in the three-ply doors, itsy-bitsy pieces of wood, fussing with ...

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Solidarity Song by Bertolt Brecht

Solidarity Song by Bertolt Brecht

Peoples of the world, togetherJoin to serve the common cause!So it feeds us all for everSee to it that it's now yours.Forward, without forgettingWhere our strength can be seen now ...

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O Germany, Pale Mother! by Bertolt Brecht

O Germany, Pale Mother! by Bertolt Brecht

Let others speak of her shame, I speak of my own. O Germany, pale mother! How soiled you are As you sit among the peoples. You flaunt yourself Among the besmirched. The poorest of ...

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I’M Not Saying Anything Against Alexander by Bertolt Brecht

I’M Not Saying Anything Against Alexander by Bertolt Brecht

Timur, I hear, took the trouble to conquer the earth.I don't understand him.With a bit of hard liquor you can forget the earth.I'm not saying anything against Alexander,Only I ...

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Send Me A Leaf by Bertolt Brecht

Send Me A Leaf by Bertolt Brecht

Send me a leaf, but from a bushThat grows at least one half hourAway from your house, thenYou must go and will be strong, and IThank you for the pretty leaf.

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To The Students Of The Workers’ And Peasants’ Faculty by Bertolt Brecht

To The Students Of The Workers’ And Peasants’ Faculty by Bertolt Brecht

So there you sit. And how much blood was shedThat you might sit there. Do such stories bore you?Well, don't forget that others sat before youwho later sat on people. Keep your ...

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What Has Happened? by Bertolt Brecht

What Has Happened? by Bertolt Brecht

The industrialist is having his aeroplane serviced.The priest is wondering what he said in his sermon eight weeks agoabout tithes.The generals are putting on civvies and looking ...

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The Tattered Cord  (Der Abgerissen Strick, Translation With Original German) by Bertolt Brecht

The Tattered Cord (Der Abgerissen Strick, Translation With Original German) by Bertolt Brecht

The Tattered CordThe tattered cordcan again become knotted.It holdsbut it is torn.Perhaps we'll face each other againbut there,where you left me,you'll not meet meagain.Der ...

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Fragen by Bertolt Brecht

Fragen by Bertolt Brecht

Schreib mir, was du anhast! Ist es warm? Schreib mir, wie du liegst! Liegst du auch weich? Schreib mir, wie du aussiehst! Ist´s noch gleich? Schreib mir, was dir fehlt! Ist es ...

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To Be Read In The Morning And At Night by Bertolt Brecht

To Be Read In The Morning And At Night by Bertolt Brecht

Morgens und abends zu lesenDer, den ich liebeHat mir gesagtDaß er mich braucht.DarumGebe ich auf mich achtSehe auf meinen Weg undFürchte von jedem RegentropfenDaß er mich ...

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United Front Song by Bertolt Brecht

United Front Song by Bertolt Brecht

And because a man is humanHe'll want to eat, and thanks a lotBut talk can't take the place of meator fill an empty pot.So left, two, three!So left, two, three!Comrade, there's a ...

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Pleasures (Translation With The Original German, by Bertolt Brecht

Pleasures (Translation With The Original German, by Bertolt Brecht

First look from morning's windowThe rediscovered bookFascinated facesSnow, the change of the seasonsThe newspaperThe dogDialecticsShowering, swimmingOld musicComfortable ...

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When I’D Reported To The Couple, Thus by Bertolt Brecht

When I’D Reported To The Couple, Thus by Bertolt Brecht

The Augsburger walks with Dante through the hell of the departed. He addresses the inconsolable and reports to them that on earth some things have changed.When I'd reported to the ...

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Questions by Bertolt Brecht

Questions by Bertolt Brecht

Write me what you're wearing! Is it warm?Write me how you lie! Do you lie there softly?Write me how you look! Is it still the same?Write me what you're missing! Is it my arm?Write ...

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Elogio Al Aprendizaje by Bertolt Brecht

Elogio Al Aprendizaje by Bertolt Brecht

¡Aprende las cosas elementarias!¡Para aquellos a quienes les ha llegado la hora nunca es demasadio tarde!Aprende el abecedario. No bastará,¡pero apréndolo! ¡No dejes que te ...

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Future Generations by Bertolt Brecht

Future Generations by Bertolt Brecht

I confess this:I have no hope.The blind talk about an escape.I see.When the errors are consumedThe nothing will sit next to usas our last companion.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ...

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A Worker Reads History by Bertolt Brecht

A Worker Reads History by Bertolt Brecht

Who built the seven gates of Thebes?The books are filled with names of kings.Was it the kings who hauled the craggy blocks of stone?And Babylon, so many times destroyed.Who built ...

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The Burning Of The Books by Bertolt Brecht

The Burning Of The Books by Bertolt Brecht

When the Regimecommanded the unlawful books to be burned,teams of dull oxen hauled huge cartloads to the bonfires.Then a banished writer, one of the best,scanning the list of ...

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Der Pflaumenbaum (The Plum Tree, Translation) by Bertolt Brecht

Der Pflaumenbaum (The Plum Tree, Translation) by Bertolt Brecht

Im Hofe steht ein Pflaumenbaum, Der ist so klein, man glaubt es kaum. Er hat ein Gitter drum, So tritt ihn keiner um. Der Kleine kann nicht größer wer'n, Ja - größer wer'n, das ...

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