Selected Poems of Friedrich Hoelderlin

Selected Poems of Friedrich Hoelderlin

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Further solidifying Holderlin's place in history, this thorough collection of poetry ranges from the odes of his developmental period to the majestic hymns and strangely prophetic modern compositions created in his later years. Considered one of the founders of European romanticism, Holderlin had a mere 10 years to develop his distinctive style before falling prey to a debilitating mental illness, whose resultant works are the heartbreakingly sweet and melancholy pieces of the Spateste Gedichte (Last Poems). Each poem is presented in both its original German and a new English translation, while an illuminating introduction explores Holderlin's significance in the realm of literature as well as the tumultuous world in which he lived.
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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 33.02mm | 657.71g
  • Richmond, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1890650358
  • 9781890650353
  • 535,314

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Winner of The Pen USA Award for translation
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About Friedrich Hölderlin

MAXINE CHERNOFF is the author of six books of fiction and fourteen books of poems, most recently HERE (Counterpath, 2014), WITHOUT (Shearsman Books, 2012) and TO BE READ IN THE DARK (Omnidawn Publishing, 2011). She is the recipient of a 2013 NEA Fellowship in Poetry and, with Paul Hoover, for their translation of Friedrich Holderlin, the 2009 PEN USA Translation Award. She is the editor of the journal NEW AMERICAN WRITING and chair of the creative writing department at San Francisco State University. PAUL HOOVER is the author of eleven books of poetry. He is the editor of the anthology Postmodern American Poetry (W. W. Norton, 1994) and, with Maxine Chernoff, the annual literary magazine NEW AMERICAN WRITING. His collection of literary essays, Fables of Representation, was published in the Poets on Poetry series of University of Michigan Press in 2004. He teaches at San Francisco State University.

JOHANN CHRISTIAN FRIEDRICH HOLDERLIN (20 March 1770--6 June 1843) was a major German lyric poet. His work bridges the Classical and Romantic schools. Having spent most of his life tormented by mental illness, he suffered great loneliness, and often spent his time playing the piano, drawing, reading, writing, and enjoyed traveling when he had the chance.
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