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Selected Poems

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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
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Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Forget me then, even you,
here where the ways part
Into loneliness, where grief,
The killing grief, has flung me down.
[…] but nowhere
Love are you to be seen in the light of day
And down the wind go the words of our once so
Beneficent conversation …
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
review forthcoming (I'm out of town)
John Kulm
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once there were gods, on earth, with people
Hölderlin - Seçme Şiirler. Çeviren: A. Turan Oflazoğlu, İz Yayınları
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Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
2009 PEN Center USA Translation Award Winner
Chris Caruso
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Yet one more reason why I am so fascinated with the German Romantics. I now need to learn German.
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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I want to learn German with this. so glad i read holderlin, I've wanted to for a while, and this was even better than poetry language thought had me expecting. even in the prose translation, spectacular. now to read some of holderlins less poetic colleagues
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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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