Excerpt from To Karl Theodor German
These sonnets, now presented in an English trans lation for the first tirne, 'it were written at Erlangen in the early months of 1826, and are thus of slightly later date than the two cycles which I have previously translated.l' Platen first saw German, who was a theological student from the Bavarian Palatinate, in November, 1825, and first spoke to him at a ball in January, 1826. We may believe, as Platen tells us, that the friendship which these sonnets celebrate, though of such a short duration and unhappy ending, surpassed all his earlier attachments in strength and purity of feeling, but his judgment that the sonnets similarly excel all those of earlier date may prove to many less acceptable.
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