Oskar Loerke

Oskar Loerke (* 13. March 1884 in boys with Schwetz to the Weichsel; † 24. February 1941 in Berlin) was a German poet of the expressionism.

Oskar Loerke worked with its form-strict, from intensive figurativeness, musi potashty and mythischen courses coined/shaped poems away-preparing for the Naturlyrik.

With 29 years it received the bran sp price to 1913. After the First World War Oskar Loerke became an inspired trailer of max of Herrmann Neisse and walter Rheiner. Between 1929-32 it supplied also contributions for the literature magazine the column, which the Naturlyrik showed up opposite unlocked. In the year 1926 it became member of the Prussian academy of the arts and two years later their secretary. In the same year it held a course of lectures over form problems of the lyric poetry. However Loerke had to leave 1933 for political reasons the academy of the arts. He withdrew himself now into his house in Berlin Frohnau. Between 1931-37 it made still read evenings in the citizen of Berlin publishing house Rabenpresse. But the National Socialist regime forbade its writings between 1933-45. 1941 it died in Berlin Frohnau.

Its remaining in Germany despite refusal of National Socialist ideas makes it also “representative” for the so-called internal emigration.

Table of contents




  • of poems. 1916 (also under the title Pansmusik. 1929)
  • Blumiger Poseidon. 1922
  • the silver thistle forest. 1934
  • the forest of the world. 1936


  • the building of towers. 1910
  • the Oger. 1921
  • blue evening in Berlin.

poem examples

blue evening into Berlin (1911)
the sky flows in stone channels;
Because to channels steeply are
full all roads expenditure-strike, from the sky-blue.
And domes resemble buoys, chimneys stakes
in the water. Black meal steams smolder
and are like aquatic plants to be looked at.
The lives, itself completely at the reason back-ups
to tell beginnings sacht from the sky to
mixed, untangles after blue melodies.
Like a water sediment and Tand
move it the water will and understanding
in dunes, coming, going, sliding, pulling.
Humans are like rough multicolored sand
in lime trees the play of the large wave hand.

Blumiger Poseidon (1922)
< i> mental tables move in the track-sent gloss of the butter
<i> the Ignoranz leave, O, which open unfold a prospering of the box.
<i> even if the love be crushed should, grants
< dictated> i finally the stool
<,> i it uniform as replacement.
<i> dark pain coats the first aid box of the soul.
<i> egg, what' fate of the thoughts
< i> our in the light in the darkness sung?
<i> the extreme increase of the unübertreffbaren high point
< i> the interest to salts of the moons overcome too seem,
<i> although, the involution with diluted thriftiness
< i> rob the butter the son; like a rainbow from blue,
<i> hurts it.
<i> humans must awake, otherwise they are lost.
<i> the green melody plays the resignative orchestra of death.
<i> in vain! Fire is!
<i> there the joy the bitter-sweet end of the ehernen Seins,
<i> in the vital, the Denunziant to become paints.


  • Hermann Kasack: Loerke, character picture of a poet. Academy of the sciences and the literature in Mainz. Papers of the class of the literature. Bd 2. Pointing gangs 1951,2.

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