Günter Grass Draws Fire For Poem Criticizing Israel

Günter Grass Draws Fire For Poem Criticizing Israel
Getty German writer and Nobel laureate Gunter Grass reads an excerpt of his novel “The Tin Drum” at the 61st Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt October 16, 2009.

In his 1939 elegy for W. B. Yeats, trying tacitly to pardon the Irish Nobel Laureate’s flirtations with Fascism at the end of his life, W. H. Auden coined a commonplace: “poetry makes nothing happen.” In the past twenty-four hours, however, Günter Grass has demonstrated that a German Nobel Laureate can cause quite a
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