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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: ARCHIPELAGO BOOKS (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979333024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979333026
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 16.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"The greatest lyric poets, for instance Holderlin or Keats, are men in whom the mythic power of insight breaks forth again in its full intensity and objectifying power..."
Ernst Cassirer in "Language and Myth," 1946
"But if there were words with which to grasp the relation between myth and the inner life from which the later poem sprang it would be those of Holderlin 'Myths, which take leave of the earth, / They return to mankind.'"
Walter Benjamin
"In the euphonious movement of its prose, in the sublimity and beauty of the figures that appear in it, it makes an impression upon me similar to the beat of the waves of the troubled sea. Indeed, this prose is music, soft melting sounds interrupted by painful dissonances, finally expiring in dark, uncanny dirges."
Friedrich Nietzsche
"The German poet Friedrich Holderlin unquestionably belongs in the intense company of Shelley, Kleist, Novalis, Lenz, and Buchner.... [Holderlin's] is one of the great writers' lives, full of intensity and movement, work and projects, abrupt departures and friendships ....it was reading Holderlin that gave Rilke the impetus for his "Duino Elegies.""
Michael Hofmann

In the euphonious movement of its prose, in the sublimity and beauty of the figures that appear in it, Hyperion makes an impression upon me similar to the beat of the waves of the troubled sea. Indeed, this prose is music, soft melting sounds interrupted by painful dissonances, finally expiring in dark, uncanny dirges. --Friedrich Nietzsche

The greatest lyric poets, for instance Holderlin or Keats, are men in whom the mythic power of insight breaks forth again in its full intensity and objectifying power... --Ernst Cassirer, Language and Myth, 1946

But if there were words in which to grasp the relation between myth and the inner life from which the later poem sprang it would be those of Holderlin. 'Myths, which take leave of the earth, / ... They return to mankind.' --Walter Benjamin

The German poet Friedrich Holderlin unquestionably belongs in the intense company of Shelley, Kleist, Novalis, Lenz, and Buchner.... [Holderlin] is one of the great writers' lives, full of intensity and movement, work and projects, abrupt departures and friendships ....it was reading Holderlin that gave Rilke the impetus for his Duino Elegies. --Michael Hofmann

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Friedrich Holderlin (1770-1843) is widely regarded as one of the greatest German lyric poets. In addition to his poetry and Hyperion, his only novel, he began work on a tragedy, The Death of Empedocles, which he never completed. The creative period of his life was cut short by a mental breakdown that confined him to a tower in Tu?bingen from 1807 until his death in 1843. His work had a profound influence on Hegel, Nietzsche, Rilke, Heidegger, and Celan. Ross Benjamin is a freelance writer and translator living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in Bookforum, The Nation, The New York Times, and other publications. His translation of Kevin Vennemann's Nahe Jedenew (Close to Jedenew) is forthcoming.


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The book is in French, I expected it to be in English, and no where did it say it was the French translation.
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Very Germanic. I like it on principle. The spirit is weak, the flesh is running fast in the opposite direction
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 20 Feb. 2015
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I absolutely loved this book. This is a wonderful prose poem. Anyone who wants to experience great poetry should read this book. I plan on reading it again in the near future!
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As one who has followed German philosophy I find this book refreshing. Some parts touch my mind and others my soul.
It is a good read but heavy in some parts. It probably has to do with the author putting more of his own personal experience into this book more than in other of his writings. Check it out.
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Terrible, the book had pen annotations everywhere
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