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Further solidifying Hölderlin’s place in history, this thorough collection of poetry ranges from the odes of his developmental period to the majestic hymns and strangely prophetic modern compositions created in his later years. Considered one of the founders of European romanticism, Hölderlin had a mere 10 years to develop his distinctive style before falling prey to a d
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Omnidawn Publishing (first published 1943)
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I really wanted to like this book. Holderlin is one of those German mystics, simultaneously passionate yet detached, an observer of his own obsessions. Sadly, there is just too much preoccupation with the tropes of Ancient Greek gods and the German landscape, not to mention dashes of a cheap mysticism that makes Holderlin sound like a bit of a hippy. So I was frustrated by this collection. The grasping at transcendence, the delving deep into eternal themes had me hoping this would be the real th...more
John Kulm
The introduction written by Paul Hoover made the poetry all the more interesting:

"A profound influence on Rilke and Heidegger in his mystical concept of the Open as well as Transcendental Idealism..." "...a major figure in Romanticism and contributed, well in advance of Nietzsche and Heidegger, to the development of Existentialism." "Important to understanding Holderlin's poetry is his concept of der Wechsel der Tone, or alternation of tones." "The poet would soon be incapacitated for this kind...more
Algirdas Brukštus
Hölderlinas Hölderlinu, asmeniškai man ši knyga - dar vienas susitikimas su Gintaru Beresnevičiumi, dar vienas langas į jo pasaulį. Labai geras straipsnis knygos pabaigoje. Nežinau ar gerai padariau pirmiausiai jį perskaitęs, nes Hölderliną skaičiau jau jo įtakoje.
Can Çaluk
Çeviri aşırı kötüydü.
Chris Caruso
Yet one more reason why I am so fascinated with the German Romantics. I now need to learn German.
PEN Center USA
2009 PEN Center USA Translation Award Winner
Once there were gods, on earth, with people
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Hölderlin, who lived in a tower for more than 30 years, supposedly crazy,... but the poems before and after are all just as beautiful in their own right.
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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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