Günter Eich Steven D. Martinson - Essay

Steven D. Martinson

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

What is important with regard to Träume is that Eich's dreams and "Warngedichte" are disturbing because an inexpressible and yet undeniable feeling for reality is aroused in the soul of the dreamer…. In effect, there are two levels of dreams. Those dreams which we call "pleasant" or "good" are similar to wishful thinking and daydreaming. Here we are content with a perhaps strange, but familiar world, the world of appearances or everyday reality. Those dreams which we call "bad" emanate from the very depths of the unconscious. They are the ones which project the true images of reality. It is here that the truth of the reality of things lies concealed. (p. 332)

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