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MODERN  GERMAN LITERATURE

of her poems with a more sentimental appeal have won permanent
place in the anthologies, but one doubts whether the bulk of the
verse is not superficially imitative or a metrically skilful play with
current fancies, though she may give them the ring of intense
feeling, as in Sehnsucht, which owes its poignancy to its Swiss1
setting:

Urn bet dir ^u sein,

Trug* ich Not und Fabrde,

Liess* ich Freund und Haus

Und die Fulle der Erde.

Mich verlangt nach diry
Wie die Flut nach dem Strande,
Wie die Schwalbe im Herbst
Nach dem sudlichen 'L.ande,

Wie den Alpsohn heim,
Wenn er denkt^ nachts alleine.
An die Serge voll Schnee
Im Mondenscheine.

She gets farthest away from traditional moods - and metrically at
least her poetry is for the most part wearily traditional - in im-
pressionistic freaks of fancy such as Erinnermg:

Einmal vor manchem Jahre

War ich ein Baum am Bergesrand,

Und meine Birkenhaare

"Kammte der Mond mit weisser Hand.

Hoch iiberm Abgrund hing ich
Windbewegt auf schroffem Stein,
Tan^ende Wolken fingich
Mir als vergdnglich Spiel^eug ein.

Fublte nichts im Gemute
Weder von Wonne noch von Leid,
Rauscbte, verwelkte, bluhte,
In meinem Schatten schlief die Zeit.

A close examination of Ricarda Huch's work would very likely
prove that the scholarly elaboration of current ideas which shows

1 Heimweb itself is a Swiss word which has naturalised itself in German,