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9 / 2013
Failure, Yet Consensus: Celan – Adorno Meetings
In reading letters between Paul Celan and Theodor W. Adorno, we need to remind ourselves that, motivated by Celan’s work, Theodor W. Adorno dramatically nuanced his famous “sentence” of 1949, according to which, the writing of poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric, and he came to praisingly emphasize in his Aesthetic Theory, posthumously issued, the lyrics of Celan (which is his only contemporary writer, besides Beckett to be mentioned throughout his aesthetics) and he considered them alongside of hermetic poetry tradition, being a poetry of future contents. This study of missed meetings between Paul Celan and Theodor W. Adorno is therefore not a study about failure, yet about real meetings – those in thinking.
Keywords: Paul Celan, Theodor W. Adorno, poetry after Auschwitz, future contents, aesthetic theory