Poems and Fragments

ISBN-10: 0856463604
ISBN-13: 9780856463600
Edition: 4th 2004
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List price: $32.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
Publication date: 10/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 832
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.640

"Many have tried their hand at rendering Holderlin in English . . . But no one has done the job better than Michael Hamburger: either with deeper involvement with the scholarship or with clearer ability to bring Holderlin to life."-Emery E. George, University of Michigan This fourth bilingual edition, incorporating revisions, new translations and other supplementary material, is the classic English edition of Holderlin's poetry for our age.

The German lyric poet John Christian Friedrich H�lderlin was born in 1770. Admired for his ability to re-create the forms of classical Greek poetry in German verse, Holderlin also completed the novel Hyperion. Holderlin studied theology at the University of Tubingen, where he obtained a Master's degree. As a young man he worked as a tutor, including in the house of a wealthy Frankfurt banker, where he and his employer's wife, Susette, fell in love. After a short, happy affair, Holderlin was forced to leave. Though he was shaken by the experience, Holderlin created much of his finest work during this period, including elegies and odes. Shortly thereafter, Holderlin began to suffer from schizophrenia and composed several poems that were notable for their apocalyptic grandeur. For the last thirty-six years of his life, he suffered from chronic mental illness. Holderlin died in 1843.

Michael Hamburger was born on March 22, 1924 in Berlin, Germany. His family moved to the United Kingdom in 1933 as Adolf Hitler was coming to power. He attended Christ Church, Oxford, where he read modern languages (French and German). During World War II, he was drafted in the army as an infantryman. After the war, he held a series of teaching positions, initially in Germanic studies, on both sides of the Atlantic, including University College London, Reading University, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, and the University of California at San Diego. He was the author of more than 20 volumes of poetry and many volumes of essays including Flowering Cactus, Collected Poems, and String of Beginnings. He was also a critic and translator of German works. He received numerous translation awards including the Schlegel-Tieck Prize, the Goethe Medal in 1986, and the European Translation Prize in 1990. He died on June 7, 2007 at the age of 83.

Preface, 2003
Preface to the Third Edition
Introduction
Bibliographical Note
Odes and Epigrams (1797-1799)
Prayer for the Incurable
Epigrams (1797)
Good Advice
Advocatus Diaboli
The Excellent
Descriptive Poetry
False Popularity
To Diotima
Diotima ('Bliss of the heavenly Muse ...')
Bonaparte
Empedocles
To the Fates
Diotima ('You suffer and keep silent and, strange to them ...')
To Her Genius
Plea for Forgiveness
Then and Now
The Course of Life ('High my spirit aspired ...')
Brevity
Human Applause
Home ('Content the boatman turns ...')
Good Faith
Her Recovery ('Nature, she who's your friend ...')
The Unpardonable
To the Young Poets
To the Germans ('Do not laugh ...')
The Sanctimonious Poets
To the Sun-God
Sunset
Socrates and Alcibiades
To Our Great Poets
Epigrams (1799)
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Sophocles
The Angry Poet
The Jokers
The Root of All Evil
Palingenesis
The Later Odes (1798-1803)
Vanini
Man
Hyperion's Song of Fate
In my boyhood days ...
If to those warning ones ...
The Capricious
The Spirit of the Age
Evening Fantasy
In the Morning
The River Main
My Possessions
Palinode
To a Princess of Dessau
To Princess Augusta of Homburg
Though every day I follow ...
Go down, then, lovely sun ...
And little knowledge ...
The German's Song
Peace
To the Germans ('Never laugh at ...')
Rousseau
Heidelberg
Heidelberg (Alcaic version)
The Gods
The Neckar
Home ('Content the boatman turns ...')
Love
The Course of Life ('More you also desired ...')
Her Recovery ('Nature, look, your most loved ...')
The Farewell (second version)
Diotima ('You suffer and keep silent, unknown ...')
Return to the Homeland
The Ancestral Portrait
The Departed
Exhortation (second version)
Nature and Art or Saturn and Jupiter
The Dioscuri
Sung Beneath the Alps
The Poet's Vocation
Voice of the People (second version)
The Blind Singer
Chiron
Tears
To Hope
Vulcan
The Poet's Courage (first version)
Timidness
The Fettered River
Ganymede
Hexameters and Elegies (1800-1801)
The Archipelago
Menon's Lament for Diotima
The Traveller
Stuttgart
Bread and Wine
Homecoming
The Death of Empedocles
Second Version
Act One
Act Two (Conclusion)
Third Version
Act One
Draft for the Concluding Chorus of Act One
Plan for the Subsequent Acts
The Hymns (1799-1805)
The Ages of Life
The Nook at Hardt
Half of Life
As on a holiday ...
For Mother Earth
At the Source of the Danube
The Journey
Germania
The Rhine
Conciliator, you that no longer believed in ...
Celebration of Peace
The Only One (first version)
The Only One (second version)
Patmos
Patmos (fragments of the later version)
Remembrance
The Ister
Mnemosyne (third version)
The Nymph
Fragments of Other Hymns (1800-1805)
German Song
As slowly birds migrate ...
As on to sea coasts ...
Home ('And no one knows...')
For when the grape-vine's sap...
On fallow foliage...
What is the life of men...
What is God?...
To the Virgin Mary
The Titans
At one time I questioned the Muse...
But when the heavenly...
For formerly, Father Zeus...
The Eagle
You firmly built Alps...
Whatever is Nearest (third version)
And to feel with the lives...
Colombo
When there's a flaming...
For from the abyss...
Narcissi...
...the Vatican...
In Socrates' Time
In the Forest
Greece (first version)
Greece (second version)
Greece (third version)
Pindar Fragments and Commentary (1805)
Unfaithfulness of Wisdom
Of Truth
Of Repose
Of the Dolphin
The Supreme
Old Age
The Infinite
The Sanctuaries
The Life-Giving
Last Poems (1807-1843)
Friendship, love...
If from the distance...
Fame
On the Birth of a Child
The world's agreeable things...
To Zimmer ('About a man I say...')
When down from heaven...
To Zimmer ('The lines of life...')
Conviction
Spring ('When new enchantment...')
The Merry Life
The Walk
The Churchyard
Contentment
Not any day...
Autumn ('The legends that depart...')
Summer ('The harvest field...')
Spring ('New day descends...')
Summer ('When then the blooms...')
Winter ('When pale snow...')
Winter ('The field is bare...')
Summer ('Still you can see...')
Autumn ('Nature's bright gleam...')
Summer ('Brooks thread the valleys...')
Summer ('The days go by...')
Winter ('When past, unseen...')
Spring ('When springtime from the depth...')
In lovely blueness...
Notes
Index of German First Lines
Index of German Titles
Index of English First Lines
Index of English Titles

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