Jesus Bettelt Analysis

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“Jesus bettelt” is like “Erwartung” taken from Weib und Welt. The title “Jesus begs” implies that Jesus is the speaker of the poem. He asks someone, who at the end of the poem is identified as Mary Magdalene, to give everything of herself to him, including her heaviest burden. The poem consists of two stanzas, each containing seven verses. Compared to “Erwartung”, it has a very strict form. In each stanza, two rhyming tercets in trochaic tetrameter are followed by a thorn line. Each tercet starts with a catalectic verse followed by two complete verses. In the two tercets of the first stanza, even the number of syllables of each word is identical. Only the seventh and the fourteenth verse are written in trochaic dimeter. Both the rhyme scheme and the metre emphasise thus the last verse of each stanza. In the first verse, the speaker asks the addressee to give him a golden comb. Instead of the equally suitable “geben” (to give), he uses the verb “schenken” (to bestow or to gift) that suggests the act of giving should not result…show more content…
He now asks for everything she owns and describes his soul as “nicht eitel”. It does not seem to matter to him how little she can give. It is noteworthy that the adjective “eitel” is also an old-fashioned word for “pure”. When read this way, the phrase would imply that it does not matter how impure her gift to him is. However, it seems unlikely that Jesus would describe his soul as “not pure”. Nevertheless, the roles appear to be reversed, when Jesus states in the tenth verse that he will proudly receive her blessing, implying that whatever she gives him would benefit him as well and that her gift will give him spiritual redemption. The alliteration “stolz … Schenk mir deine schwerste” underlines his intense desire to receive this

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