Columbia University Germanic Studies Volume 25

Columbia University Germanic Studies Volume 25

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...took up the study of Arabic, Persian and Sanskrit, and with such success that in a few years he became one of the foremost Orientalists in Europe. I The first fruit of these stu_dies were the Gaselen which appeared in the Tasc/zenbuc/ 1 fzlr Damen, 1821, the first poems of this form in German literature.' They have been generally regarded as translations from the divdn of Rfimi, but this is true of only a limited number; and even these were probably not taken directly from the Persian, but from the versions given by Hammer in his Redek/inste." As a matter of fact, only twenty-eight--1ess than one-half of the Gaselen, --can be identified with originals in Hammers book, and a comparison of these with their models shows with what freedom the latter were handled.' Furthermore in the opening poem, (a version of Rea'. p. 187, " So lang die Sonne") the last couplet: Dschelaleddin nennt sich das Licht im Ost, Dess Wiederschein euch zeiget mein Gedicht, 1 See Beyer, Friedrich Riickert, Fkft. a. M. 1868, pp. 101, 102. is original with Riickert, and clearly shows that he himself did not pretend to offer real translations. The majority of poems are simply original yazals in R1'1mi's manner. Dschelaleddin, im Osten warst du der Salbenhandler, Ich habe nun die Bude im Westen aufgeschlagen.' These lines, we believe, define very well the attitude which the poet of the West assumed toward his mystic brother in the East. The series of G/zaselen signed Freimund and dated 1822 (third series in our edition) are not characteristically Persian. Hence we proceed at once to a consideration of the fourth series (p. 253 seq.), which we shall discuss together with the poems collected under the title of Gstlzk/ more

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