Death Fugue | Study Guide

Paul Celan

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Overview

Author

Paul Celan

Year Published

1948

Type

Poem

Genre

History, Tragedy, War Literature

Perspective and Narrator

The poem "Death Fugue" is told from the collective first-person plural perspective of Jewish prisoners inside a Nazi concentration camp.

Tense

"Death Fugue" is written in the present tense.

About the Title

"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.

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