The Last Lyric Poet - Paul Celan

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Philip Brady explores the life of poet Paul Celan, whose work could be characterised as a struggle to disprove Adorno's dictum that no lyric poetry could be written after Auschwitz.

A Romanian-born, German-speaking Jew, Celan was haunted by his need to express himself in a tongue which he associated with his mother's fate in the death camps.

He is widely regarded as the finest postwar poet in the German language and the one who perhaps best sums up our terrible century.

This programme is broadcast as a tribute to presenter Philip Brady, who died recently.