Selections from Schiller's Ballads and Lyrics

Selections from Schiller's Ballads and Lyrics : Edited with Notes and Vocabulary (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Selections From Schiller's Ballads and Lyrics: Edited With Notes and Vocabulary Written in October or November 1785, and first published in 1786. The poem belongs to Schiller's second period, and, though showing extravagant enthusiasm and uncontrolled emotion, is less bombastic and exaggerated than his earlier eflorts. The subject is characteristic of the 18th century cult of abstract ideals, and reflects the enthusiasm that korner's friendship aroused. As a hymn sung at a social gathering it celebrates the love of humanity and universal brotherhood. The first two stanzas tell the subject and the members of the company; the next two present joy as the law of the animate and inanimate world, the third pair refer to the moral world, while the last two pledge a sacred vow to the Good Spirit. The chorus strikes the keynote of the Divine Fatherhood; then from the Unknown it develops this conception as the Creator, who guides and re wards and judges justly, up to the Good Spirit to whom the vow is pledged. In later years Schiller severely censured this poem, but it had appealed to the German public and has always remained a popular favorite among his lyrics. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was partly inspired by it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15mm | 374g
  • Forgotten Books
  • English
  • 5 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0243296339
  • 9780243296330