When the first of Böll's poems appeared under his own name in Die Zeit (27 July 1971, p. 10) most critics refused to review them, claiming the four poems (My Muse," Cologne I," "Cologne II," "Angel") were too few to indicate Böll's stature as a poet. Lev Kopelev, a Russian critic of German literature, nevertheless, published in MDie Zeit (20 July 1971, pp. 9-10) an astute commentary on the poems. Now that a volume of poetry has appeared, comprising the lyrics written between 1965-71, a more thorough assessment of Böll as a poet is appropriate.



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