At a glance:
- Author: Georg Trakl
- First Published: 1914
- Type of Poem: Lyric
- Genres: Poetry, Lyric poetry
- Subjects: Love or romance, Nature, Fear, War, Death or dying, Storms, Visions, epiphanies, or revelations, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint, Heart, Flags
“The Heart” is written in thirty-one lines of free verse. Its three stanzas represent three stages of an emotional experience that moves from fear to a vision and a sense of reconciliation. The title emphasizes the image that occurs in the first and the last two lines of the poem and is a metonym for feeling. In the first and third stanzas, the heart is nevertheless personified. Wild with passion, unruly, and unnerved by fear and anguish, it represents the persona in the first line. In the last two lines, however, it belongs to a female figure, who brings about...
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