From the publication of her first collection, Only a Rose for Support (1957) onwards, Hilde Domin, who has died aged 96, won almost every German literary and cultural award, including the Rilke, Nelly Sachs and Hölderlin prizes. In an era of prose, her distinctive poetry rapidly attained the status of modern classic in her homeland. Direct and affectingly simple, her work elicited a rare warmth of emotional response beyond the narrow confines of the academy. "A refugee from the east," she once wrote, "can recognise himself in my poems as much as an intellectual." [...]
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