BERTOLT BRECHT poetry IN PRAISE OF DIALECTICS English Text

 

 

 

Bertolt Brecht

In praise of Dialectics

(De: Lob der Dialektik)

(1951)

 

 

Poetry

German literature

Poetry text translated into English

 

 

Bertolt Brecht Original text in German > here

 

 

Bertolt Brecht All the poems > here

 

 

 

Bertolt Brecht

In praise of Dialectics

 

 

 

Today, injustice goes with a certain stride,

The oppressors move in for ten thousand years.

 

Force sounds certain: it will stay the way it is.

No voice resounds except the voice of the rulers

And on the markets, exploitation says it out loud:

I am only just beginning.

 

But of the oppressed, many now say:

What we want will never happen

 

Whoever is still alive must never say ‘never’!

Certainty is never certain.

It will not stay the way it is.

 

When the rulers have already spoken

Then the ruled will start to speak.

Who dares say ‘never’?

 

Who’s to blame if oppression remains? We are.

Who can break its thrall? We can.

 

Whoever has been beaten down must rise to his feet!

Whoever is lost must fight back!

Whoever has recognized his condition

– how can anyone stop him?

 

Because the vanquished of today

will be tomorrow’s victors

And never will become:

already today!

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Bertolt Brecht – In praise of Dialectics

De: Lob der Dialektik (1951)

Poetry – German literature

Poetry text translated into English

 

 

Bertolt Brecht Original text in German > here

 

 

 

Bertolt Brecht All the poems > here

 

 

 

Bertolt Brecht Biography > here

 

 

 

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