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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S. (19 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583943137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583943137
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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"These vital, essential poems could not possibly be appearing at a more crucial time in the history of our Western culture.... Hermann Hesse's poetry is as eye-opening and as life-giving as his most famous novels. It offers the heartfelt, infinitely timely guidance of someone who lived at every step what he wrote and who leads his readers back to the simplicity of 'what we knew in the beginning.'"
--Peter Kingsley, author of "Reality" and "A Story Waiting to Pierce You: Mongolia, Tibet and the Destiny of the Western World
""Ludwig Fischer proves wrong all who claim that 'poetry is what gets lost in translation.' His English versions of sixty-eight poems by Hermann Hesse ring as if they had been first conceived in English. In addition to that, Fischer's sensitive introductions to these poems make this book a rare treasure. Hesse ... struggled with the dark side of life and grew strong. Therefore his poems--now at last in English--can help us find strength to come fully alive."
--Brother David Steindl-Rast, OSB, author of "Deeper Than Words: Living the Apostles' Creed "and "Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness"
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"It is in his poems that you meet most intimately Hesse the man in all his emotional intensity, sometimes scalding self-knowledge, and fierce spiritual struggle, and so experience most completely the inner turmoil and revelations that led to his becoming
one of the philosopher-sages of our tumultuous transition."
--from the foreword by Andrew Harvey, author of "The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism" and "Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism"
"This collection of poetry reveals his inner journey, one that is often filled with inner turmoil and despairing, and yet unwavering in [Hesse's] devotion toward an intimacy with self/spirit. Commentary from the scholar and translator Ludwig Max Fischer enriches our understanding of Hesse's life context from which the poems were born." --

These vital, essential poems could not possibly be appearing at a more crucial time in the history of our Western culture. Hermann Hesse s poetry is as eye-opening and as life-giving as his most famous novels. It offers the heartfelt, infinitely timely guidance of someone who lived at every step what he wrote and who leads his readers back to the simplicity of what we knew in the beginning.
Peter Kingsley, author of "Reality" and "A Story Waiting to Pierce You: Mongolia, Tibet and the Destiny of the Western World
" Ludwig Fischer proves wrong all who claim that poetry is what gets lost in translation. His English versions of sixty-eight poems by Hermann Hesse ring as if they had been first conceived in English. In addition to that, Fischer s sensitive introductions to these poems make this book a rare treasure. Hesse struggled with the dark side of life and grew strong. Therefore his poems now at last in English can help us find strength to come fully alive.
Brother David Steindl-Rast, OSB, author of "Deeper Than Words: Living the Apostles' Creed "and "Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness"
""
It is in his poems that you meet most intimately Hesse the man in all his emotional intensity, sometimes scalding self-knowledge, and fierce spiritual struggle, and so experience most completely the inner turmoil and revelations that led to his becoming
one of the philosopher-sages of our tumultuous transition.
from the foreword by Andrew Harvey, author of "The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism" and "Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism"
"This collection of poetry reveals his inner journey, one that is often filled with inner turmoil and despairing, and yet unwavering in [Hesse's] devotion toward an intimacy with self/spirit. Commentary from the scholar and translator Ludwig Max Fischer enriches our understanding of Hesse's life context from which the poems were born." New Consciousness Review
"The Seasons of the Soul offers valuable guidance in poetic form for those longing for a more meaningful life, seeking a sense of homecoming in nature, in each stage of life, in a renewed relationship with the divine." Vitality Magazine
"A thoughtful work of literature, The Seasons of the Soul is a strong pick for any world literary studies and poetry collection." Midwest Book Review"

About the Author

Hermann Hesse s novels include "Demian, Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, "and "The Glass Bead Game. "The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, he died in 1962 at age 85. Ludwig Max" "Fischer, PhD, has been professor of" "German and comparative mythology" "for over forty years, most recently at Willamette University" "in Salem, Oregon."


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This short book is well structured, with an informative and detailed introduction to each section of poems. Each of these excellent introductions give an intimate sense of Hesse the poet, his passions and his torments.

The poems that follow were, like most poetry volumes, made up of verses that resonated deeply with me, and others that were interesting to read. Each reader would, I'm sure, find their own favourite poem.

Some of the poems were, unexpectedly, less lyrical than I expected from a mystical poet. Perhaps some essence was lost in translation (always a difficult task) or perhaps this is Hesse's Germanic voice - rather sombre and heavier in tone than other mystical poets such as Yeats, Rilke, Kabir or Gibrain.

Overall, this book is very good. The introductory pieces followed by a selection of poems grouped into common themes (Love, Inspiration, Nature, Dialogue with Divine and Seasons of Life) made this easy to read and accessible. The poems in the section on The Seasons of Life and the Passage of Time are particularly moving.
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This will be an interesting read following on from his wonderful Narsis and Goldmund. Here you have his poetry and many of his later shorter writings showing the humanist and philosopher that he was.
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This is a lovely book both a gentle and forceful read . Hermann Hesse always delights the reader with his honesty
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