Zinnfiguren Poem by Joachim Ringelnatz

There is a certain odd “found poem” feel to this Google Translate / automatic translation of the following poem “Zinn figuren” or “Tin Figures” by Joachim Ringelnatz.

I came across this at random in German on a German website

http://www.zinnhobby.de/zinn.php

 

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Box for these Schneider type zinn figuren homecast moulds.

 

“Tin figures”

The pewter figures are
Connection between art and child.
They portray all times.

As you walk, stand and ride

Small fairy tale from every country:
Indians, Knights, Saxons,
And what the Creator otherwise invented.

Even trees, beautifully grown,
Even houses, ships, railways,
Aircraft, cars, pelican

Like every other animal;
In short, everything and everything
Is here –
Studied by colour, form and meaning –
Beautifully formed in tin.

Sometimes tin is made of lead.

Sensibly, posed with love,
Shows the small big world.

If we still like the old,
Will this mean for me:
The pewter figures are
Connection between art and child
And us, the old people

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Or Microsoft Translate’s Version.

“Pewter figures”

The pewter figures are connection between art and child.
You describe all the times.

move, stand and riding

small fairy tale stained from any country:

Indians, Knights, Saxony, and what else invented the creator.

Also trees, beautiful also grew, houses, ships, railway, aircraft, cars, Pelican,

like every other living thing.
In short, All sorts and all is here – study for colour, form and meaning – beautiful pronounced in Tin.

Sometimes is the tin lead.

Made with love, that shows useful, small big world.

If that still like us old, will that mean for me: link between art and child and us, the old people are the Tin figures.

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A lot is obviously “lost in translation” or automatic translation as the saying goes. My German is “sehr  rustig” but hopefully a better translation will turn up.

The original German poem: 

“Zinnfiguren”

Die Zinnfiguren sind
Verbindung zwischen Kunst und Kind.
Sie schildern alle Zeiten.

Da schreiten, stehn und reiten

Klein-märchenbunt aus jedem Land:
Indianer, Ritter, Sachsen,
Und was der Schöpfer sonst erfand.

Auch Bäume, schön gewachsen,
Auch Häuser, Schiffe, Eisenbahn,
Flugzeuge, Autos, Pelikan

Wie jedes andere Getier;
Kurz: Allerlei und Jederlei
Ist hier –
Studiert nach Farbe, Form und Sinn –
Schön ausgeprägt in Zinn.

Mitunter ist das Zinn aus Blei.

Sinnvoll, mit Liebe aufgestellt,
Zeigt das im Kleinen große Welt.

Wenn das uns Alten noch gefällt,
Will das für mich bedeuten:
Die Zinnfiguren sind
Verbindung zwischen Kunst und Kind
Und uns, den alten Leuten

This poem was written  by Joachim Ringelnatz (1883-1934), deutscher Schriftsteller, Kabarettist und Maler (or German writer, cabaret artist and painter).

 

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Joachim Ringelnatz (Wikipedia source)

 

You can find out more about this writer, banned by the Nazis as “degenerate artist” (that to me from the perspective of modern times  is usually a fairly good character reference).

A former sailor, including service on minesweepers in the German Navy during WW1, Ringelnatz died destitute and penniless of TB in Berlin in 1934 after falling foul of the Nazi party in 1933.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_Ringelnatz

http://www.ringelnatz.net/

http://www.joachim–ringelnatz.com/

This site (above) has a good brief biography in English  including details of how Joachim fared when his  books and his satirical poetry performances were banned by the Nazis.

http://www.beilharz.com/poetas/ringelnatz/

Source:

http://www.zinnhobby.de/zinn.php

http://www.zinnhobby.de/ website

Photographs / figures: metal moulds, vintage figures and home cast figures from Man of TIN’s collection.

Posted by Mark,  Man of TIN blog, January 2017

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Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

5 thoughts on “Zinnfiguren Poem by Joachim Ringelnatz”

    1. Happy New Year Alan

      I thought this poem was a suitable nostalgic reminder of the magic of our gaming hobby to start the New Year.

      As ever I found the incidental hobby learning about Joachim Ringelnatz and his fatal run in with the Nazis really interesting. A reminder about why WW2 happened / needed to be won …

      The cardboard box had the settlers and Indians mould – quite unexpected when I bought the mould second hand online.

      Schneider type moulds have a few ID pages in various sites online, using these same black / blockprint outline figures.

      The mould casting handles are missing, not a problem, and often a sign that collectors have bought this and cleaned it up for show – it is remarkably clean for an old mould.

      More moulds and casting stuff arrive or are unboxed later in the month (a few vintage and some Prince August moulds) as I have the mixed blessing /curse of a January birthday. This is good for New Year projects, so will let you know through the blog how this 2017 project goes.

      Very excited to be casting again after a long break …

      Best wishes for all your projects in tradgardland!

      Will the By The Sward Divided page / post / byline appear this year once the weather improves?

      Mark, Man of TIN blog

      I just checked and found one website link was broken, the one where I found the poem -will repair on the edit to:

      http://www.zinnhobby.de/zinn.php

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