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In: KulturPoetik 2019, Issue 2


Michael Eggers


Fließtext. Poetik der Zeichensetzung bei John Clare und Adalbert Stifter




The poems and prose writings of the English author John Clare (1793-1864), who is still large-ly unknown to the German speaking world, lack punctuation. They share this feature with pas-sages in the narrative prose of Clare’s Austrian contemporary Adalbert Stifter (1805-1868). While Clare’s style adapts the local oral language of Northamptonshire and is a mixture of or-thographic carelessness and protest against grammatical rules, Stifter leaves out commas for poetological reasons. Both authors had profound knowledge of natural history, and their writ-ings are closely tied to nature. In fact, many of Clare’s poems are structured like networks be-tween human and natural actors, while Stifter tries to create a highly transparent style that in-tegrates the order of nature into the writing on the paper.