Friedrich Holderlin

(20 March 1770 – 6 June 1843 / Germany)

Half Of Life - Poem by Friedrich Holderlin

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.


Comments about Half Of Life by Friedrich Holderlin

  • (6/4/2019 7:17:00 AM)

    " And where will I find flowers
    come winter and where
    the sunshine
    And shade of the earth"
    Fantastic narrative of winter.
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  • Rajnish Manga (11/28/2018 12:41:00 AM)

    Winters come alive in the lake side place with lovely personification of nature.
    Thanks a lo.
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  • Khairul Ahsan (11/27/2018 10:59:00 PM)

    And speechless, in the wind
    The weathervanes creak. - a wonderful expression!
    Liked the caption of the poem.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/27/2018 1:47:00 PM)

    Speechless! ! !

    With the muse of life.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (11/27/2018 2:37:00 AM)

    its beautiful and charming the universe
    everyone is hypnotized here with graceful shape of world and nature
    but mundane life, the half of eternal soul can not enjoy it fully..../// lovely poem
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  • (11/27/2018 2:36:00 AM)

    A very fine poem. tony. congrats for POD (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/27/2018 2:36:00 AM)

    This is a beautiful poem on life having stunning expression and nice collocation. (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (11/27/2018 2:35:00 AM)

    A fair reflection of life's vagaries (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/27/2018 12:33:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Friedrich Holderlin.............. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 2, 2012



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