Who is Bertolt Brecht

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (/brɛxt/; German: [bʁɛçt]; 10 February 1898 – 14 August 1956), known professionally as Bertolt Brecht, was a German theatre practitioner, playwright, and poet.

Living in Munich during the Weimar Republic, he had his first successes with theatre plays, whose themes were often influenced by his Marxist thought. He was the main proponent of the genre named epic theatre (which he preferred to call "dialectical theatre"). During the Nazi period and World War II he lived in exile, first in Scandinavia and then in the United States. Returning to East Berlin after the war, he established the theatre company Berliner Ensemble with his wife and long-time collaborator, actress Helene Weigel.


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Bertolt Brecht Poems

  • My Young Son Asks Me
    My young son asks me: Must I learn mathematics?
    What is the use, I feel like saying. That two pieces
    Of bread are more than one's about all you'll end up with.
    My young son asks me: Must I learn French? ...
  • I Want To Go With The One I Love (original And Translation)
    [Original Poem]

    Ich will mit dem gehen, den ich liebe.
    Ich will nicht ausrechnen, was es kostet. ...
  • I Never Loved You More
    I never loved you more, ma soeur
    Than as I walked away from you that evening.
    The forest swallowed me, the blue forest, ma soeur
    The blue forest and above it pale stars in the west. ...
  • To Read In The Morning And At Night...
    [Original Poem]

    Morgens und abends zu lesen
    Der, den ich liebe ...
  • 1940
    My young son asks me: Must I learn mathematics?
    What is the use, I feel like saying. That two pieces
    Of bread are more than one's about all you'll end up with.
    My young son asks me: Must I learn French? ...
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People 9 Earth 8 Night 8 Good 8 Great 7 Never 7 Head 6 Young 6 War 6 Morning 5


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  • Darrenedward: "from the start it has been the theatre's business to entertain people... it needs no other passport than fun." -bertolt brecht
  • Notationisgreat: this is the song 'in praise of learning', music by hanns eisler, lyrics by bertolt brecht. it was translated into english by the workers' music association.
  • Tim_suttle: “it is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.” bertolt brecht
  • Tim_suttle: “because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.” bertolt brecht
  • Tim_suttle: “why be a man when you can be a success.” bertolt brecht
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Sonnet Lii: What? Dost Thou Mean
 by Michael Drayton

What? Dost thou mean to cheat me of my heart?
To take all mine and give me none again?
Or have thine eyes such magic or that art
That what they get they ever do retain?
Play not the tyrant, but take some remorse;
Rebate thy spleen, if but for pity's sake;
Or, cruel, if thou canst not, let us 'scourse,
And, for one piece of thine, my whole heart take.
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