One such example is Hugo Ball’s Karawane, the text of which in part reads, ‘hollaka hollala / anlogo bung / blago bung / blago bung.’ From Ball’s perspective, the impulse to stand on stage and address an audience with sounds and gibberish was a reaction to the society that led to World War I. Such a bankrupt society deserved meaningless poetry.
“Wer war der Thor, wer Weiser, Bettler oder Kaiser? Ob Arm, ob Reich, im Tode gleich,” the slogan reads, or, “Who was the fool, who the wise man, beggar or king? Whether poor or rich, all’s the same in death.”