Holderlin's Hymn The "Ister"

Holderlin's Hymn The "Ister"

Hardback Studies in Continental Thought (Hardcover)

By (author) Martin Heidegger, Translated by William H. McNeill, Translated by Julia Davis

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 18mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 22 September 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253330645
  • ISBN 13: 9780253330642
  • Edition statement: Indiana Press.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 295,883

Product description

Martin Heidegger's 1942 lecture course interprets Friedrich Holderlin's hymn "The Ister" within the context of Holderlin's poetic and philosophical work, with particular emphasis on Holderlin's dialogue with Greek tragedy. Revealing of Heidegger's thought of the period are his discussions of the meaning of "the political" and "the national," in which he emphasizes the difficulty and the necessity of finding "one's own" in and through a dialogue with "the foreign."

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Author information

William McNeill is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and translator (with Nicholas Walker) of The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude by Martin Heidegger. Julia Davis is Research Associate at Whitman College and former Fulbright Fellow at Freiburg University.

Review quote

" ... Heidegger's reading of The Ister is thoughtful and rich. It provides his readers with the tools to build on his interpretation and to correct any missteps without doing violence to the whole."- Review of Metaphysics

Table of contents

Translators' Foreword Part One: Poetizing the Essence of the Rivers The Isther Hymn 1. The theme of the lecture course: remarks on HolderlinOs hymnal poetry 2. Hymnal poetry as poetizing the essence of the rivers Review 3. The metaphysical interpretation of art 4. HolderlinOs poetry as not concerned with images in a symbolic or metaphysical sense. The concealed essence of the river 5. The river as the locality of human abode Review 6. The rivers as ovanishingO and ofull of intimationO in ovoice of the PeopleO Review 7. The river as the locality of journeying and the journeying of locality 8. The questionableness of the metaphysical representation of space and time 9. Becoming homely as the care of HolderlinOs poetry--the encounter between the foreign and oneOs own as the fundamental truth of history--HolderlinOs dialogue with Pindar and Sophocles Part Two: The Greek Interpretation of Human Beings in SophoclesO Antigone 10. The human being: the uncanniest of the uncanny. (The entry song of the chorus of elders and the first stationary song) Review 11. The poetic dialogue between Holderlin and Sophocles 12. The meaning of(Explication of the commencement of the choral ode) Review 13. The uncanny as the ground of human beings. (Continued explication of Review 14. Further essential determinations of the human being Review 15. Continued explication of the essence of the 16. The expulsion of the human being as the most uncanny being. (The relation of the closing words to the introductory words of the choral song) Review 17. The introductory dialogue between Antigone and Ismene 18. The hearth as being. (Renewed meditation on the commencement of the choral ode and on the closing words) Review 19. Continued discussion of the hearth as being 20. Becoming homely in being unhomely--the ambiguity of being unhomely. The truth of the choral ode as the innermost middle of the tragedy. Part Three: HolderlinOs Poetizing of the Essence of The Poet as Demigod 21. HolderlinOs river poetry and the choral ode from Sophocles--a historical becoming homely in each case 22. The historically grounding spirit. Explication of the lines: onamely at home is spirit not at the commencement, not at the source. The home consumes it. Colony, and bold forgetting spirit loves. Our flowers and the shades of our woods gladden the one who languishes. The besouler would almost be scorchedO 23. Poetizing the essence of poetry--the poetic spirit as the spirit of the river. The holy as that which is to be poetized 24. The rivers as the poets who found the poetic, upon whose ground human beings dwell 25. The poet as the enigmatic osignO who lets appear that which is to be shown. The holy as the fire that ignites the poet. The meaning of naming the gods. 26. Poetizing founding builds the stairs upon which the heavenly descend Concluding Remark--OIs There a Measure on Earth? EditorOs Epilogue TranslatorsO Notes Glossary English-German German-English