W. D. Snodgrass

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Snodgrass is a contemporary American poet.  He started writing his Fuehrer Bunker cycle in the 70's and finished it in the early 90's.  Published in 1995, this book represents a controversial take on the events that occurred in Germany from April 1 to May 1, 1945.  All of the poems are written as persona poems, weaving into a collective whole of the consciousness of hysteria, mania, and insanity that existed.

The contoversy arose because the poems are written from the point of view of German officials, including Hitler himself.  However, it was not Snodgrass' intention to justify their actions but to acknowledge that these people were human.  He included a quote at the beginning of the book from Mother Theresa, answering why she started doing work with orphans.  "On the day I discovered I had a Hitler inside me."