Selected Poetry Goethe viewed the writing of poetry as essentially autobiographical and the works selected in this volume represent than sixty years in the life of the poet In early poems such as Prometheus he rail

  • Title: Selected Poetry
  • Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe David Luke
  • ISBN: 9780140424560
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • Goethe viewed the writing of poetry as essentially autobiographical, and the works selected in this volume represent than sixty years in the life of the poet In early poems such as Prometheus, he rails against religion in an almost ecstatic fervor, while To the Moon is an enigmatic meditation on the end of a love affair The Roman Elegies show Goethe s use of ClGoethe viewed the writing of poetry as essentially autobiographical, and the works selected in this volume represent than sixty years in the life of the poet In early poems such as Prometheus, he rails against religion in an almost ecstatic fervor, while To the Moon is an enigmatic meditation on the end of a love affair The Roman Elegies show Goethe s use of Classical meters in an homage to ancient Rome and its poets, and The Diary, suppressed for than a century, is a narrative poem whose eroticism is combined with its morality In selections from Faust, arguably his greatest and most personal work, Goethe creates an exhilarating depiction of humankind s eternal search for truth Dual language edition David Luke s exquisite verse translations are arranged chronologically Includes an introduction and notes that place the poems in the context of the poet s life and times, as well as indexes of German and English titles and first linesFor than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.

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    1. Bibliographical note and acknowledgementsI. The younger Goethe (1770-1786)--1. May Song / Mailied--2. Welcome and Parting / Willkommen und Abschied--3. Ganymede / Ganymed--4. Prometheus / Prometheusfrom the 'Urfaust', c. 1774--5. 'Well, that's Philosophy I've read' (lines 354-97) / 'Habe nun, ach! Philosophie'--6. 'In life like a flood' (501-9) / 'In Lebensfluten'--7. 'There once was a King' (2759-82) / 'Es war ein König in Thule'--8. 'My heart's so heavy' (3374-413) / 'Meine Ruh ist hin'--9. ' [...]

    2. Translated poetry and most of it rhymed(from Prometheus)"Have you ever soothedThe pain that burdened me?Have you ever driedMy terrified tears?Was I not forged into manhoodBy almighty TimeAnd everlasting Destiny,My masters and yours? Perhaps you thoughtI should find life hatefulAnd flee into desertsBecause not all my dreamsBlossomed to ripeness? Here I sit, making menIn my own image,A race that shall be like me,A race that shall suffer and weepAnd know joy and delight too,And heed you no moreThan [...]

    3. On contemplating a waterfall: "The rainbow blooms, changing yet ever still […]. I watch a mirror here of man’s whole story, / And plain it speaks, ponder it as you will: / Our life’s a spectrum-sheen of borrowed glory."And a poem or prose piece for every emotion, mood, season. Some short and humorous verses and some tales of suffering and pleasure that read like dreams in a midsummer's night. Lip-smacking tasty and inexhaustible.

    4. And have I lost thee evermore, Hast thou, oh, fair one, from me flown? Still in mine ear sounds, as of yore, Thine every word, thine every tone. As when at morn the wanderer's eye Attempts to pierce the air in vain, When, hidden in the azure sky, The lark high o'er him chants his strain: So do I cast my troubled gaze Through bush, through forest, o'er the lea; Thou art invoked by all my lays; Oh, come then, loved one, back to me!

    5. If only you were really fluent in German, people always say, you'd appreciate Goethe. I'm not really fluent in German.

    6. In the introduction, Luke states that “Goethe the poet…is least European of all, in the sense that the frontiers of language, notoriously, are hardest for poetry to cross.” Luke has attempted to keep Goethe’s poetry, which also makes the difficulties in translation the highest. There are interesting factoids as well, such as the fact that a number of lines came from Goethe’s gift of developing poetry in a pre-conscious state, sometimes leaping from bed to write down lines.The lines are [...]

    7. The first poem I fell in love with and made me emotional and wanting to be a writer was Goethe’s “The Erl-King”. I was about nine years old and was practicing for the school’s poetry competition with other students. I enjoyed being with kids who also loved poetry but hated to stand on the stage alone in front of all those people. I remember this older girl almost literally falling into the classroom, late and in a hurry. Since she had to leave early she came up next. I never heard her re [...]

    8. Enjoyed most of these, and nice that the book includes both the English and the German, as well as a wide range of Goethe's work. However, with my own horrible, horrible (like honestly horrible) German I was able to pick out a few changes lost in translation, which is a shame. I always wonder what poems like these would be like if those translating them tried to stick to the original more instead of trying to make it rhyme I suppose I'll just have to become fluent in order to really appreciate G [...]

    9. Venetian Epigram 50: I always disliked them, all those apostles of freedom; in the last resort each of them was merely seeking licence for himself. If you want to liberate many, then have the courage to be a servant of many; and if you want to know how dangerous that is, just try it.

    10. I have kept several favorite quotes from this author in a small book and thought I would enjoy a book of his poetry. However, it was heavy going at times, and I resorted to some skimming, rather than reading word for word.

    11. A collection of poems listed chronologically to show how Goethe grew as a poet. Although enjoyable, I would've preferred a collection of his best poems.

    12. My copy of this book was published in 1888.It was poorly cut when it was bound so many of the pages are still intact and uncut - rendering it unreadable. I hope to get another copy.

    13. I don't normally read poetry and I was never a German or Literature major so it's been fun to catch up on the stuff.

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