Ranking style

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The sequence style is understood to be the sequence of images in expressionist poetry that are not necessarily in a direct ( syntactic and logical ) relationship and through which various sensory impressions are usually reproduced in a sequence.

The row style was invented by several authors of Expressionism roughly simultaneously and independently of one another. He appears for the first time in the following well-known poems:

The ranking style can be explained in several ways:

1. as a mimesis (representation) of a changed reality:

  • the world is perceived as a series of sensory impressions without any underlying connective meaning
  • the subject becomes questionable and dissolves (ego dissociation)
  • no more separation between subject and object (these categories themselves become questionable)

2. as a reaction to changed perceptual conditions:

  • Inundation of sensory stimuli in the big city
  • the way the film shows reality in the cinema (rapid succession of image sequences)

3. as a reproduction of a non-everyday type of perception which brings out the "dishomogeneity of the subject" (under the influence of the discovery of the "unconscious" in Freud's psychoanalysis ): "dream, ecstasy, drugs"