Analysis of In Red Foliage Full of Guitars

Georg Trakl 1887 (Salzburg) – 1914 (Kraków)

In Red Foliage Full of Guitars

In red foliage full of guitars
the girls’ yellow hair waves
at the fence, where sunflowers persist.
A golden chariot steers through the clouds.

In brown shadows the ancients
grow dumb, and dumbly entwine.
The orphaned ones sing vespers—sweetly.
Flies hum in the yellow haze.

In the stream the women wash.
The hung linen undulates.
The little girl, long dead to me,
returns throughout the dawning night.

From the tender sky sparrows fling themselves
into green holes pregnant with rot.
The hungry are filled
with the ghost of bread and spices.

Translated by Eric Plattner

Im roten Laubwerk voll Guitarren

Im roten Laubwerk voll Guitarren
Der Mädchen gelbe Haare wehen
Am Zaun, wo Sonnenblumen stehen.
Durch Wolken fährt ein goldner Karren.

In brauner Schatten Ruh verstummen
Die Alten, die sich blöd umschlingen.
Die Waisen süß zur Vesper singen.
In gelben Dünsten Fliegen summen.

Am Bache waschen noch die Frauen.
Die aufgehängten Linnen wallen.
Die Kleine, die mir lang gefallen,
Kommt wieder durch das Abendgrauen.

Vom lauen Himmel Spatzen stürzen
In grüne Löcher voll Verwesung.
Dem Hungrigen täuscht vor Genesung
Ein Duft von Brot und herben Würzen.

Scheme A Axxx xbcx xxcx xxxx x B Bbbd bbbb bdbb beeb
Poetic Form
Metre 01101101 01101101 011011 10111001 0101001101 011010 110101 01011110 1100101 0010101 011010 01011111 01010101 1010110101 01111011 01011 10111010 01011010 110111 110111 111111 11111 1101111010 010111 1111111 1111101 011111 111111 111110 111111 110111 1110111 0111111 111111 1111111001
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,249
Words 195
Sentences 22
Stanzas 11
Stanza Lengths 1, 4, 4, 4, 4, 1, 1, 4, 4, 4, 4
Lines Amount 35
Letters per line (avg) 27
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 86
Words per stanza (avg) 17
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Georg Trakl

Georg Trakl was an Austrian poet. He is considered one of the most important Austrian Expressionists. more…

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