Friedrich Holderlin

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Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin was a major German lyric poet, commonly associated with the artistic movement known as Romanticism.

The poetry of Hölderlin, widely recognized today as one of the highest points of German literature, was little known or understood during his lifetime and slipped into obscurity shortly after his death; his ill ...
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Hyperion's Song Of Destiny
Holy spirits, you walk up there
in the light, on soft earth.
Shining god-like breezes
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From In Lovely Blue
Like the stamen inside a flower
The steeple stands in lovely blue
And the day unfolds around its needle;

The flock of swallows that circles the steeple
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Half Of Life
With its yellow pears
And wild roses everywhere
The shore hangs into the lake,
O gracious swans,
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Bread And Wine
Round about the city rests. The illuminated streets grow

Quiet, and coaches rush along, adorned with torches.

Men go home to rest, filled with the day's pleasures;

Busy minds weigh up profit and loss contentedly
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Remembrance
The northeast blows,
my favorite among winds,
since it promises fiery spirit
and a good voyage to mariners.
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Neall Calvert 18 September 2020
May we know the translator of " Patmos, " please.
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Morgan Michaels 19 October 2018
Saw holiness in everything. Vision-stricken. Tremendous pathos. Mind-boggling hexameters. No rhyme. Completely cogent. A bit paranoid. Strange vertigo. You can't help but love him. With Holderlin, who needs Pindar?
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Bob Hougland 16 February 2018
He thought passionately about the meaning and purpose of life for the human being subject to decay to death in a universe also entropically doomed; and discovered in listening to language the call of Being in and with the gift of Being eternal..
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