Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe: Selected Poetry

Overview

Arranged chronologically, David Luke's verse translations are set alongside the German originals to give a picture of Goethe's poetic development. This edition also includes an introduction and notes placing the poems in the context of the poet's life and times.
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Overview

Arranged chronologically, David Luke's verse translations are set alongside the German originals to give a picture of Goethe's poetic development. This edition also includes an introduction and notes placing the poems in the context of the poet's life and times.
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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
Originals and translations are presented en face, and the introduction gives a thoughtful summary of Goethe's fascinating and problematic life…What Luke triumphantly does is not only to stay close to the original, but also to create a total structure that gives a convincing sense of the overall movement of the poem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781870352116
  • Publisher: Libris
  • Publication date: 8/1/1991
  • Pages: 283

Table of Contents

1 May song 3
2 Welcome and parting 5
3 Gandymede 7
4 Prometheus 11
5 'Well, that's philosophy I've read' 15
6 'In life like a flood' 17
7 'There once was a king' 19
8 'My heart's so heavy' 21
9 'What are the joys of heaven' 23
10 'Who killed me dead?' 25
11 On the lake 27
12 Restless love 29
13 'Why was deep insight given to us' 31
14 A Wanderer's night song I : 'messenger of heaven' 35
15 A Wanderer's night song II : 'now stillness covers' 35
16a To the moon (first version) 37
16b To the moon (final version) 39
17 The fisherman 41
18 The elf king 43
19 [The song of the fates] 47
20 Human limitations 49
21 Divinity 53
22 'Oh do you know the land' 57
23 'Only the lonely heart' 57
24 'Who never wept to eat his bread' 59
25 Anacreon's grave 61
26 II. 'Speak to me, stones' 65
27 III. 'More than I ever had hoped' 65
28 VII. 'Now on classical soil I stand' 69
29 XV. 'Eros was ever a rogue' 71
30 XVII. 'You were two perilous serpents' 75
31 XVIII. 'Caesar would hardly have got me' 77
32 XXIII. 'Strength, and a bold and liberal' 81
33 XXIV. 'once in the garden's far corner' 83
34 1. 'Pagan burial-urns and sarcophagi' 87
35 9. 'Give me, Priapus, another name for it!' 87
36 16. 'If I'd the husband I need' 89
37 21. 'Dear little shape that might have' 89
38 28. 'Show us the parts of the Lord!' 89
39 30. 'Goats, go and stand on my left!' 91
40 33. 'Oh, how intently I used to observe' 91
41 40. 'It is such joy to hug my beloved' 91
42 "Why", asked beauty, "oh Zeus," 93
43 'True love is love that stays constant' 93
44 'Whom shall you trust, honest friend?' 93
45 'Strive towards wholeness' 93
46 'Let us not all be the same' 93
47 'Thus the men talked' 95
48 'So together they walked' 99
49 Dedication 107
50 [Song of the archangels] 109
51 'Ice thaws on the river' 111
52 'In the beginning was the word' 113
53 The God and the dancing-girl 115
54 Permanence in change 121
55 Nature and art 125
56 Nocturne 127
57 The diary 129
58 Hegira 145
59 Singing and shaping 147
60 A phenomenon 149
61 A past within the present 149
62 Talismans 153
63 Unbounded 155
64 Suleika speaks 157
65 The secret 157
66 Engulfed 159
67 'Love for love and hour for hour' 161
68 'Beloved, let me show you' 161
69a 'As I sailed on the Euphrates' 163
69b 'This I'm happy to interpret!' 163
70 Ginkgo biloba 165
71 The night of the full moon 165
72 'West wind, how I envy you' 167
73 'King Behramgur, they say, invented' 169
74a Summer night 171
74b 'Well, so at last I've learnt' 175
75 Privileged animals 177
76 Higher and highest matters 179
77 Ecstatic longing 183
78 Old age 185
79 Advertisement 184
80 'If a man's dead idle' 185
81 'A man's a misfit' 185
82 'The hero Napoleon came' 187
83 [The death of a fly] 187
84 At midnight 189
85 Primal words. Orphic 191
86 The Pariah : the Pariah's prayer 193
The Pariah : legend 195
The Pariah : the Pariah's thanksgiving 205
87 A trilogy of passion : to Werther 205
A trilogy of passion : elegy 209
A trilogy of passion : reconcilement 219
88 The bridegroom 221
89 [On contemplating Schiller's skull] 223
90 'Dusk has fallen' 225
91 To the rising full moon 227
92 [A legacy] 227
93 'When a fragrance has descended' 229
94 'How strong and pure the pulse' 231
95 'So much admired and so much censured' 235
96 'The jagged summits on its mountain' 237
97 'We shall dwell amid this tremor' 239
98 'A watchman by calling' 243
99 'Woods, hitherwavering' 245
100 'All that must disappear' 247
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