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Erotic Poems

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This bilingual edition of Goethe's erotic poems contains the Roman Elegies (1789), The Diary (1810), and a selection from the Venetian Epigrams of 1790.

Editorial censorship has long obscured the true form and content of the Elegies, which were inspired by Goethe's sexual liberation in Italy and his love for the woman he took as his unofficial wife on his return to Germany.
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 11th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1795)
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Maria Paiz
Aug 10, 2012 Maria Paiz rated it liked it
Goethe never meant for these poems to be published; these are as personal as they are candid. Do not, however, come to this book in search for an 18th century version of 50 Shades. It is 18th century poetry, after all, and a lot of it is hard to follow because the references are so outdated. Still, it's worth reading. I loved the part where he spoke of writing poetry while watching his lover sleep, counting meter by tapping on her naked back. Beautiful! Too bad I don't speak German, to fully app ...more
Everett Darling
Nov 16, 2009 Everett Darling rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
18th century epigrams and elegies dedicated to cunts and cocks. Would have made an awesome impression on a high school required reading list.
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Preface
Introduction
Select Bibliography
Chronology


--Römische Elegien / Roman Elegies

--Aus den Venezianischen Epigrammen / from the Venetian Epigrams

--Das Tagebuch / The Diary

Translator's Postscript
Explanatory Notes
Index to 'Roman Elegies'
Index to 'Venetian Epigrams'
Mat Kline
Jul 30, 2014 Mat Kline rated it liked it
I don't like this translation as well as the one that's available for free through Project Gutenberg.
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I have a hard time with poems so 4 stars is a high rating from me, but any rating from me is next to worthless.
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Dec 18, 2012 Taruia rated it liked it
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I suppose this one for poetry buffs because whilst I enjoyed it ... but I didn't get all giddy about it.
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer. George Eliot called him "Germany's greatest man of letters... and the last true polymath to walk the earth." Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, and science. Goethe's magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust. Goethe's other well-known literary works include h ...more
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