Novalis

(1772 - 1801 / Germany)

Novalis
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Georg Friedrich Philipp von Hardenburg (wrote under the pen name of Novalis) was born in Oberwiederstedt, Prussian Saxony, into a family of Protestant Lower Saxon nobility. His father was a director of a salt mine. At the age of ten Novalis was sent to a religious school but he did not adjust to its strict discipline. For some time Novalis lived with his uncle, grandseigneur, who opened him doors to French rationalism and culture. He then went to Weissenfels, where his father moved, and entered the Eisleben gymnasium. In 1790-91 he studied law at the University of Jena, where he met Friedrich von Schiller and Friedrich Schlegel. Novalis completed his studies at Wittenberg in 1793. The ideas ... more »

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  • Yelson von Grönroos (10/25/2016 4:08:00 AM)

    I have to disagree with you regarding your statement about Novalis poems not being regarded as important or "well-loved" by the younger generation; I for instance am only eighteen years old this year and has since I was seven read these poems at least five times each and I still enjoy them while occasionally quote parts of them.

  • Ingeborg Von Finsterwalde (7/12/2012 9:17:00 AM)

    I agree Jacqui, there is nothing more romantic than his novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen about the search for the Blue Flower, a symbol that became an emblem for the whole of German Romanticism. He died at an young age 28 years.

  • Jacqui Thewless Jacqui Thewless (7/15/2009 5:13:00 PM)

    Novalis was the second major poetic influence in my biography. The first was Dylan Thomas (whose poetry I discovered when I was 12 yrs old) . I was almost 19 when I discovered 'Henry Von Ofterdingen' and 'Hymns to The Night'. I wonder that these works are not more well-loved by young people today.

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Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death

Longing for Death


Into the bosom of the earth,
Out of the Light's dominion,
Death's pains are but a bursting forth,
Sign of glad departure.
Swift in the narrow little boat,
Swift to the heavenly shore we float.

Blessed be the everlasting Night,
And blessed the endless slumber.
We are heated by the day too bright,
And withered up with care.
We're weary of a life abroad,
And we now want our Father's home.

What in this world should we all
Do with love and with faith?
That which is old is set aside,
And the new may ...

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