poet Friedrich Holderlin

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 illness and reclusion made him fade from his contemporaries' consciousness – and, even though selections of his work were being published by his friends already during his lifetime, it was largely ignored for the rest of the 19th century.

In fact, Hölderlin was a man of his time, an early supporter of the French Revolution – in his ... more »

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    May we know the translator of " Patmos, " please.

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  • Morgan Michaels (10/19/2018 9:23:00 PM)

    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 (2/16/2018 4:16:00 PM)

    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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Best Poem of Friedrich Holderlin

Half Of Life

With its yellow pears
And wild roses everywhere
The shore hangs into the lake,
O gracious swans,
And drunk with kisses
You dip your heads
In the sobering holy water.

Ah, where will I find
Flowers, come winter,
And where the sunshine
And shade of the earth ?
Walls stand cold
And speechless, in the wind
The wheathervanes creak.

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