ABSTRACT

Annette uses the apposite simile of young vultures looking out from their bed of gorse to describe the other boys following his pointing arm to a second fire rising up in the middle of the dyke. The poem, which began in darkness with the subdued sounds of reeds, water and beasts, ends up with the human figures in full focus, as they echo each other’s songs, which paint in the background of sheep, gorse and pasture. Die Jagd is the most epic of all the Heidebilder, brilliant both verbally and visually. The poem begins with the breeze personified as someone lying comfortably asleep in the moss. The contrasts on which the poem is built up are echoed in the metre. Both the introductory eight lines and the next strophe have eight syllables, or nine when the rhyme is feminine, and the rhythm is prevailingly iambic.