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History, Tragedy, War Literature
The poem "Death Fugue" is told from the collective first-person plural perspective of Jewish prisoners inside a Nazi concentration camp.
"Death Fugue" is written in the present tense.
"Death Fugue" (original German "Todesfuge") refers to the type of musical composition the poem's structure imitates. In a fugue, musical motifs are introduced, repeated, and recombined. The title also references the music the Jewish prisoners in the poem are forced to play before they are executed.
This study guide for Paul Celan's Death Fugue offers summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.