Hours with German classics

Paperback | January 12, 2012

byFrederic Henry Hedge

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV. GOETHE. I. --THE MAN. of the supreme order presupposes a nature of equal scope as the prime condition of its being. The Gardens of Adonis require little earth, but the oak will not flourish in a tub; and the wine of Tokay is the product of no green-house, nor gotten of sour grapes. Given a genuine great poet, you will find a greater man behind, in whom, among others, these virtues predominate, -- courage, generosity, truth. Pre-eminent among the poets of the modern world stands Goethe, chief of his own generation, challenging comparison with the greatest of all time. His literary activity embraces a span of nigh seventy years in a life of more than four score, beginning, significantly enough, with a poem on "Christ's Descent into Hell" (his earliest extant composition), and ending with Faust's -- that is, Man's -- ascent into heaven. The rank of * writer -- his spiritual import to human kind -- may be inferred from the number and worth of the writings of which he has furnished the topic and occasion. "When kings build," says Schiller, speaking of Kant's commentators, "the draymen have plenty to do." Dante and Shakspearc have created whole libraries through the interest inspired by their writings. The Goethe-literature, so-called, -- though scarce fifty years have elapsed since the poet's death, -- already numbers its hundreds of volumes. I note in this man first of all, as a literary phenomenon, the unexampled fact of supreme excellence in several quite distinct provinces of literary action. Had we only his minor poems, he would rank as the first of lyrists. Had he written only " Faust," he would be the first of philosophic poets. Had he written only " Hermann and Dorothea," the sweetest idyllist; if only the "Marchen," the subtlest of allegorists. H...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1886. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV. GOETHE. I. --THE MAN. of the supreme order presupposes a nature of equal scope as the prime condition of its being. The G...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.33 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217932630

ISBN - 13:9780217932639

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