Erich Fried Poems

Erich Fried was an Austrian poet who also worked as a translator, novelist, and playwright. He is remembered for translating Shakespeare’s works into German. He moved to London in 1949. Today, his work is honored with a prize given in his name, the Erich Fried Prize.

The Measures Taken

by Erich Fried

‘The Measures Taken’ by Erich Fried is a powerful piece about war and loss. The reader is asked to consider their concepts of good, evil, and who deserves to live throughout the poem. 

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