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Bertolt Brecht


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Bertolt Brecht

  1. 1. 10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956
  2. 2. • Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright, theatre director, and Marxist. • A theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production. ‘’Spring is noticed, if at all By people sitting in railway trains.’’
  3. 3. • Brecht was born in Augsburg, Bavaria. • His mother was Protestant and his father was Catholic. • Thanks to his mother's influence, Brecht knew the Bible familiarity that would have a lifelong effect on his writing. • At school in Augsburg he met Caspar Neher, with whom he formed a lifelong creative partnership, Neher designing many of the sets for Brecht's dramas and helping to forge the distinctive visual iconography of their epic theatre.
  4. 4. The modest house where he was born is today preserved as a Brecht Museum
  5. 5. Brecht died on 14 August 1956 of a heart attack at the age of 58. He is buried in a cemetery on Chausseestraße in the Mitte neighbourhood of Berlin, overlooked by the residence he shared with Helene Weigel.
  6. 6. ♥Poetry♥ • Brecht wrote hundreds of poems throughout his life. He began writing poetry as a young boy, and his first poems were published in 1914. His poetry was influenced by folk-ballads, French chansons, and the poetry of Rimbaud and Villon.
  7. 7. Some of Brecht's poems • A Bad Time for Poetry • Contemplating Hell • Germany • I Never Loved You More • I want to Go with the One I Love • The Mask of Evil • To Those Born After • What Has Happened?
  8. 8. • Drums in the Night (Trommeln in der Nacht) 1918 • Driving Out a Devil (Er treibt einen Teufel aus) 1919 • In the Jungle of Cities(Im Dickicht der Städte) 1921 • Mother Courage and Her Children (Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder) 1938 • Don Juan (Don Juan) 1952 Some of Brecht's plays
  9. 9. Quotes • People remain what they are even if their faces fall apart. • Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. • Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
  10. 10. General, man is very useful. He can fly and he can kill. But he has one defect: He can think. -Bertolt Brecht
  11. 11. References • Famous Poets and Poems . com • Wikipedia • Wikiquote • Google Images