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Friedrich Holderlin (1770-1843) is now recognized as one of Europe's supreme poets. Holderlin first found his true voice in the epigrams and odes he wrote when transfigured by his love for Susette Gontard, the wife of a rich banker, to whose children he was tutor. He later embarked on an extraordinarily ambitious sequence of hymns exploring cosmology and history from mythological times to the discovery of America and his own era. The 'Canticles of Night', by contrast, include enigmatic fragments in an ...
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Overview

Friedrich Holderlin (1770-1843) is now recognized as one of Europe's supreme poets. Holderlin first found his true voice in the epigrams and odes he wrote when transfigured by his love for Susette Gontard, the wife of a rich banker, to whose children he was tutor. He later embarked on an extraordinarily ambitious sequence of hymns exploring cosmology and history from mythological times to the discovery of America and his own era. The 'Canticles of Night', by contrast, include enigmatic fragments in an unprecedented style, which anticipates the Symbolists and Surrealists. Throughout his career, he struggled desperately to reconcile his faith in the power of Nature, as embodied in the gods of ancient Greece, with conventional Christianity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140424164
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 620,369
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Bibliographical note
Good Advice 3
Descriptive Poetry 3
To Diotima 3
Diotima ('Bliss of the heavenly Muse ...') 3
Bonaparte 5
Empedocles 5
To the Fates 7
Diotima ('You suffer and keep silent and, strange to them ...') 7
To Her Genius 9
Plea for Forgiveness 9
Then and Now 9
The Course of Life ('High my spirit aspired ...') 11
Brevity 11
Human Applause 11
Home ('Content the boatman turns ...') 13
Good Faith 13
Her Recovery ('Nature, she who's your friend ...') 13
The Unpardonable 15
To the Young Poets 15
To the Germans ('Do not laugh ...') 15
The Sanctimonious Poets 17
Sunset 17
To Our Great Poets 17
Socrates and Alcibiades 19
Sophocles 19
The Angry Poet 19
The Root of All Evil 19
Man 23
Hyperion's Song of Fate 25
In my boyhood days ... 27
The Spirit of the Age 29
Evening Fantasy 31
In the Morning 33
The River Main 35
My Possessions 37
To Princess Augusta of Homburg 41
Go down, then, lovely sun ... 43
To the Germans ('Never laugh at ...') 45
Rousseau 49
Heidelberg (Alcaic version) 51
The Neckar 53
Home ('Content the boatman turns ...') 55
Love 57
The Course of Life ('More you also desired ...') 59
Her Recovery ('Nature, look, your most loved ...') 61
The Farewell (second version) 63
Diotima ('You suffer and keep silent, unknown ...') 65
Return to the Homeland 67
The Ancestral Portrait 69
The Departed 71
Exhortation (second version) 73
Nature and Art or Saturn and Jupiter 75
Sung beneath the Alps 77
The Poet's Vocation 79
Voice of the People (second version) 83
The Blind Singer 87
Chiron 91
Tears 95
To Hope 97
Vulcan 97
The Poet's Courage (first version) 99
Timidness 101
The Fettered River 103
Ganymede 105
The Archipelago 111
Menon's Lament for Diotima 127
The Traveller 137
Stuttgart 143
Bread and Wine 151
Homecoming 159
The Ages of Life 171
Half of Life 171
The Nook at Hardt 173
As on a holiday ... 175
At the Source of the Danube 177
The Journey 183
Germania 189
The Rhine 197
Celebration of Peace 209
The Only One (first version) 219
The Only One (second version) 225
Patmos 231
Patmos (fragments of the later version) 243
Remembrance 251
The Ister 253
Mnemosyne (third version) 259
German Song 265
Home ('And no one knows ...') 267
For when the grape-vine's sap ... 269
On fallow foliage ... 269
What is the life of men ... 271
What is God? ... 271
To the Virgin Mary 273
The Titans 283
At one time I questioned the Muse ... 287
But when the heavenly ... 289
The Eagle 295
You firmly built alps ... 299
Whatever is Nearest (third version) 301
Colombo 305
When there's a flaming ... 313
For from the abyss ... 313
Narcissi ... 315
In Socrates' Time 317
Greece (third version) 317
If from the distance ... 325
On the Birth of a Child 327
The world's agreeable things ... 329
To Zimmer ('The lines of life ...') 329
Conviction 329
The Merry Life 329
The Walk 333
Spring ('New day descends ...') 333
Summer ('When then the blooms ...') 335
Summer ('Still you can see ...') 335
Autumn ('Nature's bright gleam ...') 337
Winter ('When past, unseen ...') 337
Spring ('When springtime from the depth ...') 339
Index of German first lines 341
Index of English first lines 345
Index of German titles 349
Index of English titles 351
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