Preface to the revised edition; Acknowledgements; On using this book; Part I: German and English; Part II: Variants; Part III. Themes: 1. Evening; 2. The moon and stars; 3. the city; 4. Men and women in love; 5. Religious poems; Part IV: Trends; Part V. For Free Comment: 1. German and English; 2. Luther's German; 3. The conquest of the air; 4. The city; 5. Birds; 6. The seashore; 7. The spinners; 8. Peace and quiet; 9. Memento mori; 10. God in the world; Metre, form, and rhythm; Glossary; Chronological list of German poets in this volume; Index; Further reading.
This book aims to encourage students of German poetry to read and write with more insight.