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Daniel Call's Schocker: German Knittelvers in the late twentieth century
Studia Metrica et Poetica
The word "Knittelvers" has been used since the eighteenth century to describe four-stress rhyming couplets which seem to be rather simply and awkwardly constructed, and whose content is frequently comical, course, vulgar or obscene. Today German Knittelvers is perhaps best known from the works of Goethe and Schiller, as well as other late eighteenth and early nineteenth century writers.Well-known examples occur together with other verse forms in Goethe's Faust and Schiller's Wallensteins Lager,doi:10.12697/smp.2017.4.2.01 fatcat:i7kczxjzjzdirgzbua7s6wqwzu