Columbia University Germanic Studies Volume 13

Columbia University Germanic Studies Volume 13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... idealization of childhood, the same yearning for its departed and dimly remembered joy so frequently also found in Wordsworth:1 Let me mirror me in days of yore, Knowing neither Truth nor blasting Lie, Pure as snow, I in the pure sun lay, While the veil o'er childhood's untaught eye Kindly barred the glaring light of day. O thou vanish'd glee! Call'st over wood and lea, ' Soft as quail's faint note from far away. A number of Keller's later characters are by no means distantly related to the wanderers and vagabonds who occasionally appear in his early romantic poetry. Green Henry, Pankraz, Strabinski, all have something of the romantic search for the blue flower, and in this respect in a sense belong to the same genre as Heinrich von Ofterdingen, Eichendorff's Taugenichts, Peter Schlemiehl, etc. VVhile Keller's treatment of these characters shows strong tendencies to realism, there is still abundant romantic matter to be found throughout in it. Sometimes this appears in the form of romantic episode in the midst of more realistic material, as for example the description of the Diirerfest in "Der griine Heinrich" with its reveling in romantic medievalism; Heinrich's Eichendorflian experiences at the castle of the count; Heinrich's dreams with all their richness and extravagance. Even in the last and most realistic of Keller's prose fictions, "Martin Salander," this episodic romanticism is not wholly wanting. In the midst of the realities of hunger, the mother Marie relates to her children wonder-tales of the little people who feast at the foot of the rainbow. The story of the origin of the name, " Das Lautenspiel," the idyllic country residence of one of...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236745221
  • 9781236745224