Der Dichter - Otto Blümel


20 pages


Der Dichter

Otto Blümel | 1909 | Munich, Germany
Genre (as defined by the author)
Traurige Komödie
Der Dichter, Kasperl, Der Hanswurst, Die Kunst, Der Tod
Number of acts

The first of three one-act plays in the Larifari collection, Der Dichter is a satire of the messianic stance assumed by the symbolist poet Stefan George (1868-1933) and his art circle. The front cover of the collection already alluded to this discreetly, using the swastika field that then adorned George’s magazine Blätter für die Kunst (1892-1919): this symbol did not yet have the significance it acquired after the war and the rise of National Socialism. In doing so, Blümel distances himself from the main trends of early 20th-century modernism. George, on the other hand, had a decisive influence on writers such as Karl Wolfskehl and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, both of whom also wrote puppet plays.

Plot summary

Lack of understanding between art and people

The poet meets Kasperl in the street. He proposes to him to attend his puppet theatre, leaving him alone in front of the puppet booth. The first character to emerge is Hanswurst, but he fails to amuse Kasperl, who kills him by hitting him with a stick. Next, an allegory portraying Art enters the stage and offers him fruits. Kasperl does not find them to his liking and spills the garbage can on the poor woman's head. Finally, Death comes for him, and Kasperl knocks his head off with a stick. The furious poet returns to chastise him, but Kasperl has had enough and beats him to death.

Related works
Der Klausner, Otto Blümel1910
Composition date

Publications and translations


Otto Blümel: Larifari, drei Kasperlspiele. München, Albert Lang, 1914

Modern edition

Otto Blümel: Larifari. München, Buchendorfer Verlag, 1996