24. Theodor Kornfeld. "Ein Sand-Uhr [Hourglass]," 1685.
Published here in: Dick Higgins. Pattern poetry: guide to an unknown literature. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1987. First edition.
Davis Library. (Physical exhibit displays facsimile.)

For whatever reason, speakers and readers of German (including those in Scandinavia, Poland and Czechoslovakia) adopted visual poetry in the seventeenth century to a far greater degree than any others but the English. It is in these German poems that one finds the greatest variety of new visual motifs, including hearts, chalices, goblets, towers, lutes, harps, cradles, candles, flowers, mazes, and hourglasses such as this one by Theodor Kornfeld. The variety of shapes corresponded with a newfound variety of subject matter — by this time, visual poetry was no longer strictly spiritual in nature.

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