By Brecht, Bertolt; Bradley, Laura J. R.; Brecht, Bertolt; Giles, Steve; Kuhn, Tom
"A guy with one conception is misplaced. He should have a number of, 4, many! He needs to stuff them in his wallet like newspapers, consistently the newest, you could stay good among them, you could live simply among the theories."-Bertolt Brecht, 1920
"Brecht manages as a Marxist comic to mix an awfully delicate nostril for the imperfect, unfinished kingdom of human affairs with the main resolute innovative dedication. In an epoch like our personal, while those techniques became more and more polarized and specific, Brecht deals a now not inconsiderable lesson."-Terry Eagleton
"Brecht's idea is current in all places this present day with no bearing his identify and with no our being conscious of it."-Fredric Jameson
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So it is hard to understand why these gentlemen put themselves out so: they are merely expressing their own opinions. Resume In my opinion there can be no doubt that socialism, and by that I mean revolutionary socialism, will transform the face of our land in our own lifetime. Our lives will be dominated by struggles of this kind. As far as the artists are concerned, I reckon they would be best 37 B R E C H T ON ART A N D P O L I T I C S advised to take no heed and do whatever turns them on: otherwise they will be unable to produce good work.
Lyric Poetry as Expression If we define the lyric as expression we have to be aware that such a description is one-sided. It may be individuals who are expressing themselves, or classes, whole epochs may express themselves, and passions, we soon end up with 'humankind' expressing itself. When bankers express themselves to each other, or politicians, then we know they are doing deals; even when a sick man expresses his pain he also gives the doctor or the onlookers pointers, so there are actions too; but poets, it is said, are concerned only with pure expression, so their actions consist only of expression, and their intention can only be to express themselves.
Franz Werfel, Fritz von Unruh and Carl Zuckmayer were popular and successful writers of the time, Werfel and Unruh both of the older, 'Expressionist* generation. Zuckmayer perhaps attracts Brecht's scorn at this time because of the success of his folk comedy, Derfrohliche Weinberg (TheMerry Vineyard), which comes close to the stereotype Brecht criticised in his much later 'Notes on the Folk Play' (1940, see Brecht on Theatrey pp. 153-7). This text offers a rare early insight into the young Brecht's attitude to science, both in itself and as a metaphor for social conditions and developments.