Paul Boldt

Paul Boldt ( born December 31, 1885 in Christfelde (Polish: Chrystkowo ), Circle Schwetz, West Prussia, † March 16, 1921 in Freiburg im Breisgau ) was a German Expressionist poet whose creative period coincided with the time of the First World War.


The son of a West Prussian landowner studied in Munich, Marburg and Berlin philology. Fascinated by the city of Berlin, he broke off his studies and published initially with rapidly increasing success from 1912 poems in the literary- political journal " Die Aktion". From then on he led - more than sociable observer - an unsettled life, also moved close to the ' depths ' of Berlin, however reluctantly in artistic circles ( his obituary to the great detriment ). In 1914 he published his only book of poems - " Young horses! Young horses " - which attracted considerable attention. From then on he published sparingly.

With the beginning of World War drafted into the artillery, he was ( without having been used on the front ) discharged in 1916 because of " confusion state " of the Prussian army ( but such diagnoses to interpret with caution ).

Appeared in 1918 Boldt's last ( Discovered ) poem. He began to study medicine. But he died at the age of 35 in 1921 in Freiburg im Breisgau after a hernia operation on an embolism.

Unlike many of his companions of Expressionism Boldt came already in the 1920s into oblivion, only Werner Riegel newly discovered him in the early 1950s.


  • Young horses! Young horses! , Leipzig, Kurt Wolff in 1914 ( volume 11 of the series The Last Day )
  • Young horses! Young horses! The complete works; Poetry, prose, document. Edited and with e afterword by Wolfgang Minaty. With e Vorw by Peter Härtling, Olten, Freiburg im Breisgau, Walter 1979.
  • Young horses! Young horses! , Edition Razamba / BOD Norderstedt 2008, ISBN 978-3-8370-4153-8.
  • On the terrace of the Café Josty. Poems and Prose 1912 - 1918, publishing Razamba, Boppard and Frankfurt aM 2009, ISBN 978-3-941725-00-3.
  • Bo Osdrowski / Tom Riebe ( Eds.): Paul Boldt. Verse spur - book for lyrical charms No. 9, Edition POETRY TASTES GOOD, Jena 2012, 100 copies.