Odes and Elegies (Wesleyan Poetry) (Paperback)

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By Friedrich Hölderlin, Nick Hoff (Translator)
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Powerful translations of a seminal figure in modern poetry

Gladly the boatman turns home to the river's calm
From his harvest on faraway isles;
If only I too were homeward bound;
Yet what harvest have I but sorrow?--

O bless d riverbanks that raised me,
Can you ease the sorrows of love? Ah, when I come
To you, woods of my youth, will you
Grant me peace once again?
--From "Home"

For more than a century, Friedrich H lderlin has been considered one of the key figures in modern European literature. The translations in Odes and Elegies, including poems never before available in English, render forcefully and directly the deep longing and heartbreak of H lderlin's poetic world. A bilingual edition, this book is the first major translation of these poems since the 1960s. Odes and Elegies opens to the English reader the unique poetic voice that marks H lderlin's achievement and continuing influence on poetry and philosophy today.

Sample Poem:

Gladly the boatman turns home to the river's calm
From his harvest on faraway isles;
If only I too were homeward bound;
Yet what harvest have I but sorrow?--

O bless d riverbanks that raised me,
Can you ease the sorrows of love? Ah, when I come
To you, woods of my youth, will you
Grant me peace once again?
--From "Home.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780819511904
ISBN-10: 0819511900
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication Date: January 7th, 2020
Pages: 260
Language: English
Series: Wesleyan Poetry