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Poems and Fragments

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Michael Hamburger has been translating the poetry of Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) for over half a century. This lifelong preoccupation culminates in this fourth bilingual edition, incorporating revisions, new translations and other supplementary material. It is the classic English edition of Hölderlin's poetry for our age.

Michael Hamburger was born in Berlin in 1924, an
Paperback, Fourth Edition, 832 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Carcanet Press Ltd. (first published 1843)
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Odes and Epigrams (1797-1799)

Epigrams (1797)
--Good Advice
--Descriptive Poetry
--To Diotima
--Diotima ('Bliss of the heavenly Muse...')
--To the Fates
--Diotima ('You suffer and keep silent and, strange to them...')
--To Her Genius
--Plea for Forgiveness
--Then and Now
--The Course of Life ('High my spirit aspired...')
--Human Applause
--Home ('Content the boatman turns...')
--Good Faith
--Her Recovery ('Nature, she who's your frie
Feb 11, 2011 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
In studying of contemporary philosophy, I've been hearing Hölderlin's name for years. His poetry had tremendous impact on a number of philosophers I've read and enjoyed, including Hegel and Schelling (his seminary roommates) but later on Heidegger, Benjamin, Adorno, Foucault, Blanchot and others. But I'd never read any of his work until recently.I'm not sure, as a relatively untrained reader of poetry, I really took from it all I could. To my untrained ear, much of the poetry sounded dated and s ...more
Anthony Connolly
Like most Holderlin came by way of philosophy. This book is a fabulous German to English collection of poems and fragments. Found it remarkably current and insightful.
Floria Lomme
Jan 31, 2013 Floria Lomme rated it it was amazing
Life-changing poems.
Peter Crofts
Aug 22, 2013 Peter Crofts rated it it was amazing
I'm not reviewing this particular edition of Hamburger's translations of Holderlin but the Penguin edition which strangely doesn't seem to be on the Goodreads list. The Penguin is probably only about half the size of this particular edition. On that note let me give my thoughts on this poet and translator. Is it best to read an introduction to a poet or writer and then following the work itself? In regards to this poet (Gerard De Nerval is another) I would say no, the reason being once you read ...more
Sep 29, 2011 Tonia rated it it was amazing
Amazing, amazing poet and thinker. This is a great edition, but I would also recommend comparing with the Sieburth version as the translations are slightly different, but comparing the two really captures the language/meaning on one hand and the other gives you more the feel of the poetic elements.
Jul 11, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite Romantic poets. While in Austria over the summer of '07, I made a special trip to Tübingen just to visit Hölderlin Tower (and the infamous "Goethe Puked Here" tavern sign). These poems brought me back to my time in Bavaria and the Black Forest; in fact, it almost feels like these poems demand to be read in those locations for the full experience. In terms of this collection, I felt that the translations were a little rigid at times, but I still enjoyed having all the best work ...more
Aug 01, 2007 Jenni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: translations
If you like Holderlin, this book has 787 pages of poems and fragments. Originals are on the opposite page.
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Aug 30, 2014 Alex Obrigewitsch rated it really liked it
For once he loved like the gods, and no more is needed...
Gpdimonderose giacintho
David B.
Feb 24, 2016 David B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read Holderlin yet but love poetry, please be sure to check him out. This is an excellent collection of his poems with very good translations. And, with a Caspar David Friedrich painting on the cover, it is a good addition to your collection of German Romanticism.
Dec 06, 2010 Jeremy rated it it was ok
Wasn't as good as I thought it would be. I guess I expected Holderlin to be something he wasn't.
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Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin was a major German lyric poet, commonly associated with the artistic movement known as Romanticism. Hölderlin was also an important thinker in the development of German Idealism, particularly his early association with and philosophical influence on his seminary roommates and fellow Swabians Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling.
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“when i was a boy
a god often rescued me
from the shouts and the rods of men
and i played among trees and flowers
secure in their kindness
and the breezes of heaven
were playing there too.

and as you delight
the hearts of plants
when they stretch towards you
with little strength

so you delighted the heart in me
father Helios, and like Endymion
i was your favourite,
Moon. o all

you friendly
and faithful gods
i wish you could know
how my soul has loved you.

even though when i called to you then
it was not yet with names, and you
never named me as people do
as though they knew one another

i knew you better
than i have ever known them.
i understood the stillness above the sky
but never the words of men.

trees were my teachers
melodious trees
and i learned to love
among flowers.

i grew up in the arms of the gods.”
“Then and Now In younger days each morning I rose with joy, To weep at nightfall; now, in my later years, Though doubting I begin my day, yet Always its end is serene and holy.” 4 likes
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