8 Beautiful German Poems | Get Germanized


Hallo und willkommen! I’m MeisterLehnsherr
and you’re watching Get Germanized German Poems. I am bored, what should I do?
Ah, ich weiss! Get Germanized! Ich möchte, wann ich sterbe, wie die lichten
Gestirne schnell und unbewußt erbleichen, Erliegen möcht’ ich einst des Todes Streichen,
Wie Sagen uns vom Pindaros berichten. Ich will ja nicht im Leben oder Dichten
Den großen Unerreichlichen erreichen, Ich möcht’, o Freund, ihm nur im Tode gleichen;
Doch höre nun die schönste der Geschichten! Er saß im Schauspiel, vom Gesang beweget,
Und hatte, der ermüdet war, die Wangen Auf seines Lieblings schönes Knie geleget: Als nun der Chöre Melodien verklangen,
Will wecken ihn, der ihn so sanft geheget, Doch zu den Göttern war er heimgegangen. Wie rafft’ ich mich auf in der Nacht, in
der Nacht, Und fühlte mich fürder gezogen,
Die Gassen verließ ich, vom Wächter bewacht, Durchwandelte sacht
In der Nacht, in der Nacht, Das Tor mit dem gotischen Bogen. Der Mühlbach rauschte durch felsigen Schacht,
Ich lehnte mich über die Brücke, Tief unter mir nahm ich der Wogen in acht,
Die wallten so sacht In der Nacht, in der Nacht,
Doch wallte nicht eine zurücke. Es drehte sich oben, unzählig entfacht,
Melodischer Wandel der Sterne, Mit ihnen der Mond in beruhigter Pracht,
Sie funkelten sacht In der Nacht, in der Nacht,
Durch täuschend entlegene Ferne. Ich blickte hinauf in der Nacht, in der Nacht,
Ich blickte hinunter aufs neue: O wehe, wie hast du die Tage verbracht,
Nun stille du sacht In der Nacht, in der Nacht,
Im pochenden Herzen die Reue! Es war ein alter König,
Sein Herz war schwer, sein Haupt war grau; Der arme alte König,
Er nahm eine junge Frau. Es war ein schöner Page,
Blond war sein Haupt, leicht war sein Sinn; Er trug die seidne Schleppe
Der jungen Königin. Kennst du das alte Liedchen?
Es klingt so süß, es klingt so trüb’! Sie mußten beide sterben,
Sie hatten sich viel zu lieb. Leise zieht durch mein Gemüt
Liebliches Geläute. Klinge, kleines Frühlingslied,
Kling hinaus ins Weite. Kling hinaus, bis an das Haus,
Wo die Blumen sprießen. Wenn du eine Rose schaust,
Sag, ich laß’ sie grüßen. “Sag, wo ist dein schönes Liebchen,
Das du einst so schön besungen, Als die zaubermächt’gen Flammen
Wunderbar dein Herz durchdrungen?” Jene Flammen sind erloschen
Und mein Herz ist kalt und trübe, Und dies Büchlein ist die Urne
Mit der Asche meiner Liebe. Dämmernd liegt der Sommerabend
Über Wald und grünen Wiesen; Goldner Mond im blauen Himmel
Strahlt herunter, duftig labend. An dem Bache zirpt die Grille,
Und es regt sich in dem Wasser, Und der Wandrer hört ein Plätschern
Und ein Atmen in der Stille. Dorten, an dem Bach alleine
Badet sich die schöne Elfe; Arm und Nacken, weiß und lieblich,
Schimmern in dem Mondenscheine. Ein Jünglein liebt ein Mädchen,
Die hat einen ändern erwählt; Der andre liebt eine andre,
Und hat sich mit dieser vermählt. Das Mädchen heiratet aus Ärger
Den ersten besten Mann, Der ihr in den Weg gelaufen;
Der Jüngling ist übel dran. Es ist eine alte Geschichte,
Doch bleibt sie immer neu; Und wem sie just passieret,
Dem bricht das Herz entzwei. Die Lotosblume ängstigt
Sich vor der Sonne Pracht, Und mit gesenktem Haupte
Erwartet sie träumend die Nacht. Der Mond, der ist ihr Buhle,
Er weckt sie mit seinem Licht, Und ihm entschleiert sie freundlich
Ihr frommes Blumengesicht. Sie blüht und glüht und leuchtet,
Und starret stumm in die Höh’; Sie duftet und weinet und zittert vor Liebe und Liebesweh.

71 thoughts on “8 Beautiful German Poems | Get Germanized

  1. Bin ich eigentich die einzige die immer "Meister Sensei" anstatt Lehnsherr versteht? o.o xD
    Am i the only one who always understands "Master Sensei" instead of Lehnsherr ?

  2. Studying all your video's and the content. I'll be coming to live in Germany from October. Awesomeness, bro!

  3. It has been many many years (40) since I could speak German fairly decently. I was surprised how much of these poems that I understood. vielen dank Dominic

  4. Der Erlkönig by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is my favorite german poem

  5. Maybe you should have taken some more poets. Just a recommendation for the next time.

  6. Have you ever learned more languages than German and English? I am sure, that you had to take a third language in school like me in Dresden and St.Petersburg but which one did you take?

  7. Just got back from München yesterday. Had an awesome time. Germany is the best!

  8. Hi there, I recently found out that I have some German ancestors and I got so excited…that I needed to tell you. Hope you have a nice day.

  9. I love this video, poetry is so deep, i wish i could understand more but i could get a word here and there like "Heaven, king, night, love,cold," theses words alone gives me the feeling of both great beauty and great sadness and of course i love listening to the language ^^ Please make more videos like theses with poetry, i really enjoyed it ^^ Plus your look was great for a poetry video ! 🙂

  10. Gute Idee! But the execution could use some improvement. You read all the poems with the same mostly monotone delivery. There's almost no inflection of emotion. As you said, you don't really know about poetry, and it shows. If you want to read more poems in the future, choose a few that you really like and can read with enthusiasm and can convey with your voice & delivery the emotion the poet intended for us to feel. Zum Beispiel, "Der Erlkönig" (The Elf King) by Goethe is suspenseful & exciting. Perhaps you could listen to a good recording of it. Also, it would be good to choose a variety of poets, instead of 7 of 8 being by Goethe. Perhaps there are potential copyright issues with very recent poems, but there are still plenty of poets to choose from. Schiller's poem "Ode to Joy" could even be read to the rhythm Beethoven uses in the 4th movement of his 9th symphony. I suggest you listen to the 4th movement. Danke.
    Also, in future, you might consider listing the poems and their starting times in the video description. Some viewers who have a favorite might find that helpful.

  11. Erstens, ich liebe dein Chanel!!! Es hat mich sehr geholfen viel ueber die deutsche Kultur zu erfahren und die Videos sind immer sehr interessant!! 🙂 Dieses Video hat mich sehr gefallen und wuerde sehr-sehr gern mehr aehnliche Gedichte-Videos sehen!!! Eine Vorschlag waere vielleicht den Titel und den Autor auf deutsch zu schreiben, damit wir leichter den Gedichten finden koennen!!

  12. Cool video! It's nice to see one of your few videos with some culture.

  13. I've been trying to learn German but I don't know anyone personally who speaks it ,so this is very helpful because it helps me catch words faster 🙂

  14. Thanks for these.  Very interesting. Some of these are new to me.  Danke!

  15. Good video. All I could get from it were a handful of words… German is hard!
    By the way.. I am bored… "What shall I do?… (???)". What's the last sentence?

  16. Probably chosing poems from more poets would have been better, aber ich liebee die Musik! Awesome video, keep up the good work 😉

  17. You have outdone yourself. You've stepped up your game. This poetry thing is a great idea. All the other "learn German" videos out there never get past the beginner level. For those of us who know German but want to develop more advanced knowledge, you are the one and only source. (Slang words are still my favorite – you can't get those from a book, and I enjoy a dew dirty words now and then!)

  18. So beautiful! I love German & Germany, such a beautiful country & interesting language. Ich Liebe Deutsch 🙂

  19. „Die Heimat“ von Friedrich Hölderlin:

    Denn sie, die uns das himmlische Feuer leihen, / Die Götter schenken heiliges Leid uns auch, / Drum bleibe dies. Ein Sohn der Erde / Schein ich; zu lieben gemacht, zu leiden.

    <3

  20. I love the german language and this sounds beautiful, danke! Saludos desde México!

  21. Loved this. Remember hearing a love letter/poem read in German with English subtitles in "Jules et Jim" and it sounded so beautiful. Added German to my Italian studies curriculum right away.

  22. Dominik, your video likes outnumber your dislikes by about 100 to 1. Do you ever wonder who it is that is posting  dislikes to your videos? I suspect that it is someone who is jealous of your success in the you-tube field.

  23. It would be very nice if you can add English subtitle for videos like this, as the one you make about German children's stories. My personally if i don't understand any of it i'm losing my patient

  24. Thank you so much! I really enjoy German poetry, you showed me some new poems I didn't know, I really appreciate it. This was a great idea, could you do it more often? Maybe something from Rilke, Schiller or Hesse 🙂

  25. LOVED THEM!!!! AHHH ALMOST GOT ME FALLING FOR YOU!!! YES YES MAKE MORE OF THESE VIDEOS!!!! THIS ONE GOES TO MY FAVORITES!! THANKS FOR UPLOADING!!!

  26. I am mostly German. Im also 14, and I want to go to Germany. I think the stereotype is right when german's are stoic. I feel this. I live in the U.S.A. I feel I have a different personality than Americans. Not to mention I am one. I love Science, which also makes me german because there are a lot of famous german scientists. Trust me I am very scientific. I also have very much respect for Germany and its culture. Anyways, I was wondering if you could teach me the language german. I have a little bit experience. Plz make video of little basic words.

  27. Ah, I love memorizing and reciting poetry. This will be a fantastic challenge to take on. Danke.

  28. Hallo! That was wonderfull. Well, I am brazilian and I am studying german literature on college. I wanna know if have some group on facebook to share knowlegde in this area? I think its a good idea to create! 🙂

  29. You don't look like the poet type but you did a good job, you should read some more.

  30. Beautiful. Check out Befreit by Richard Dehmel. Strauss wrote a heartbreaking Lied to that text.

  31. <3 oh, i dont understand, but it sounds so lovely. not as steoretypically as we always joke about <3

  32. Is a really great idea !!!! Wann du list, you read a little bit faster less than the street, so I can getting used to the sounds of the spoken language, before hit the fast and slanged language of the streets. You should create a video series with some reading not so complicated a in a speed faster than the school but less than the daily life, and as by go increase speed and the slang. Actually as German student this my biggest difficult. The school in my country was slow speaking, the school here in Berlin is more faster speaking , the streets are super faster and slanged. That's all 🙂 in any case thanks a lot for your incredible work, is really helpful and rich of lots different topics !!!! And also funny dankeschön !!!! Tschüss

  33. Very Cool! It could also be interesting with some modern poetry, and for us beginners, some simple ones 🙂

  34. I have been looking for a poem in german about german culture and people for very long but havent come across any. Can you help? :3

  35. No le entendí ni madres. I hope one day I understand that poem. xD

  36. "Mondnacht" by Eichendorff, "Die Mainacht" by Hölty, and "Nänie" by Schiller are some of my favorites 🙂

  37. Everyone who says that german is "ugly" and "harsh".. just search disney songs in german.

  38. It's a pity there's music playing in the background. I'd rather just listen to the music of the poetry.

  39. Having just come from middle english poetry, I can now tell how different the languages are. Old English is probably extremely different but that's beside the point.

  40. I like the poems.. Is this video intended only for German speakers or for Language learners, too? Perhaps you can show translation on the other side of the screen and expound more about the author's view on his poem as he writes them. The poems chosen were great.. Hope to see more in my next visit to your channel. Vielen Dank!!

  41. lieder.net has english (and lots of other languages as well ) translations of these poems . just type in first line or title . lieder.net says the last poem you read was
    Die Lotosblume by Heinrich Heine . It is a beautiful poem . Love the poetry reading .
    I have just started reading German poetry and I write down the words I don't know in a notebook .

  42. Ignoramus cunts: Germans sound so boring and uncultured.
    Me: plays this video and reads the english translation to them

  43. constructive criticism:
    00:12 August von Platen (!): Ich möchte, wenn ich sterbe,…
    01:06 August von Platen (!!): Wie rafft ich mich auf in der Nacht
    02:23: Heinrich Heine (!!!): Es war ein alter König
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pivWQ7pceZk&t=146s
    03:00 Heinrich Heine (!!!!): Leise zieht durch mein Gemüt
    03:27 Heinrich Heine (!!!!!): Sag, wo ist dein schönes Liebchen
    03:57 Heinrich Heine (!!!!!!): Dämmernd liegt der Sommerabend
    04:35 Heinrich Heine (!!!!!!!): Ein Jüngling liebt ein Mädchen
    05:06 Heinrich Heine (!!!!!!!!): Die Lotosblume ängstigt. 🙂

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