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Drawing on the most recent scholarship, this annotated translation conveys the radical idiom and vision that continue to make Friedrich Holderlin a contemporary. Including his late poems in free rhythms from the years between 1801 and 1806, the period just prior to his hospitalization for insanity.
Paperback, 310 pages
Published September 21st 1984 by Princeton University Press
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Holderlin was one among a group of German Romantic poets that were on the periphery of German Idealism. Along with Novalis and Schiller, his work utilizes Idealist concepts in an overtly aesthetic framework. Like many German Romantic poets and philosophers, he is often ignored by the sottish tendency to over indulge in the less memorable and often pointless philosophers of the late 19th and 20th century. This book is a collection of some of his later poetry. His output came to an end after losin ...more
Carolyn Gelland
Holderlin said that he was struck by Apollo and I believe him. He is a poet of praise, dazzling like Pindar (some of whose Odes he translated), but with a modern vulnerability and brokenness and wistfulness that allows him to meditate on the terrifying withdrawal of God from the world (as in "Patmos").

A brilliant philosopher as well, who was a fellow-student and close friend of Hegel and Schelling, his poetry reaches with great art to discover an ultimate simplicity:

"Would I like to be a comet?
Holderlin's visions and style was a hundred years ahead of its time.
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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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