Selected Poems, Bind 1

Forsideomslag
Princeton University Press, 1994 - 298 sider

This new series brings into modern English a reliable translation of a representative portion of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's vast body of work. This edition, selected from over 140 volumes in German, is the new standard in English, and contains poetry, drama, fiction, memoir, criticism, and scientific writing by the man who is probably the most influential writer in the German language. The executive editors of this collection are Victor Lange of Princeton University, Eric Blackall of Cornell University, and Cyrus Hamlin of Yale University.


Princeton University Press is proud to be the distributor of the twelve volumes in hardcover of the originating publisher, Suhrkamp Verlag. In addition, Princeton will issue paperback reprints of these volumes over the next two years, beginning with volumes one through three.


Goethe, the founder of the poetry of experience, created a body of poetry that is unsurpassed in lucidity of speech and imagery and in instinct for melody and rhythm. Nonetheless, many of his poems are relatively unknown to English-speaking audiences, partly because of the difficulties they have posed to translators. This volume contains translations, side by side with the German originals, of Goethe's major poems--all prepared by eminent American and English writers, and all attesting to his poetic genius.


Goethe's most complex and profound work, Faust was the effort of the great poet's entire lifetime. Written over 60 years, it can be read as a document of Goethe's moral and artistic development. Faust is made available to the English reader in a completely new translation that communicates both its poetic variety and its many levels of tone. The language is present-day English, and Goethe's formal and rhythmic variety is reproduced in all its richness.


The reflections on art and literature that Goethe produced throughout his life are the premise and corollary of his work as poet, novelist, and man of science. This volume contains such important essays as "On Gothic Architecture," "On the Laocoon Group," and "Shakespeare: A Tribute." Several works in this collection appear for the first time unabridged and in fresh translations.

 

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Indhold

THE FIRST WEIMAR YEARS
47
LegendeP
64
Gesang der Geister über den Wassern VG
70
Das Göttliche VG
78
Erlkönig B
86
Amor als Landschaftsmaler K
98
Morgenklagen VG
118
Venezianische Epigramme Ep
124
Die Musageten VG
150
Epirrhema GW
158
Spiegel der Muse AF
164
POEMS 181418 FROM THE PARLIAMENT OF WEST AND EAST
201
Prooemion GW
226
Um Mitternacht L
232
Demut Ep
238
A SELECTION OF TEXTS FROM PARALIPOMENA
273

Mignon from Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre
132
Euphrosyne E
144
NOTES
291
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Om forfatteren (1994)

Christopher Middleton was born John Christopher Middleton in Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom on June 10, 1926. He served in the RAF from 1944 to 1948 and then attended Merton College, Oxford University. He was a professor of Germanic languages at the University of Texas, Austin. He was a poet, translator and essayist. His collections of poems included Torse 3 and Poems 2006-2009. He also translated numerous works from French, Swedish, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, and German. In 1962, he and Michael Hamburger edited Modern German Poetry, a bilingual anthology of German poetry from 1910-1960. He died on November 29, 2015 at the age of 89.

Michael Hamburger was born on March 22, 1924 in Berlin, Germany. His family moved to the United Kingdom in 1933 as Adolf Hitler was coming to power. He attended Christ Church, Oxford, where he read modern languages (French and German). During World War II, he was drafted in the army as an infantryman. After the war, he held a series of teaching positions, initially in Germanic studies, on both sides of the Atlantic, including University College London, Reading University, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, and the University of California at San Diego. He was the author of more than 20 volumes of poetry and many volumes of essays including Flowering Cactus, Collected Poems, and String of Beginnings. He was also a critic and translator of German works. He received numerous translation awards including the Schlegel-Tieck Prize, the Goethe Medal in 1986, and the European Translation Prize in 1990. He died on June 7, 2007 at the age of 83.

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