War Poets: Celan & Yevtushenko
Seminar Informal Curriculum Event
Date & Time
1928 St. Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94575
Two events from the Holocaust—both extraordinary and difficult to grasp—inspired a pair of poems, read by millions. Those poems in turn inspired great paintings by a German artist, and a magnificent musical piece by a Russian composer. This presentation considers Paul Celan’s poem “Death Fugue” alongside the paintings of Anselm Kiefer, and Yevtushenko’s poem “Babi Yar,” set in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, in tandem with Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony.
With Joan Peterson
Related Seminar text: Yevtushenko, “Babi Yar” & Celan, “Death Fugue” (Sem 304)