Ernst Stadler

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Ernst Stadler

Ernst Stadler (11 August 1883 — 30 October 1914) was a German Expressionist poet. He was born in Colmar, Alsace-Lorraine and educated in Strasbourg and Oxford; in 1906 he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Magdalen College, Oxford.[1]

His early verse was influenced by Stefan George and Charles Péguy, but after 1911, Stadler began developing a different style. His most important volume of poetry, Der Aufbruch, which appeared during 1914, is regarded as a major work of early Expressionism. The poems of Der Aufbruch are a celebration of the poet's joy in life and are written in long, free verse lines inspired by the example of Walt Whitman.[2]

Stadler was killed in battle at Zandvoorde near Ypres in the early months of World War I.[3]


  • Ernst Stadler Der Aufbruch (ed. Heinze Rölleke, Reclam, 1967)
  • Gedichte des Expressionismus (ed. Dietrich Bode, Reclam, 1966)


  1. ^ Rollmann, Hans (1982). "Die Berufung Ernst Stadlers an die Universität Toronto: Eine Dokumentation". Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. 18 (2). pp. 79–113. 
  2. ^ Rollmann, Hans (1985). "Ernst Stadler and Charles Péguy: The correspondence". Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. 21 (3). pp. 253–271. 
  3. ^ Rollmann, Hans (1985). "The New Critical Stadler edition: Addenda to work, correspondence and bibliography". Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies. 21. pp. 286–302. 

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