The Law of Poetry
Studies in Hölderlin’s Poetics

Charles Lewis

Germanic Literatures 18

Legenda

23 September 2019  •  224pp

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The place of Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) in European literature is assured, and his significance for the development of German philosophy widely acknowledged. Here the focus is more specifically upon his poetics: a body of reflections on the nature of poetry and the meaning of the poet's vocation. These are found in poems and letters, in difficult (and often fragmentary) theoretical writings, and — in the case of the 'Pindar Fragments' — texts in which the distinction between poetry and theoretical reflection seems to be overcome. Although Hölderlin's poetics is considered from various points of view, the themes that emerge most frequently are Hölderlin's notion of a 'poetic law' or 'poetic logic', and his conception of tragedy and of what might be called the 'anti-tragic'. Also included is a new translation of Hölderlin's 'Notes' on Sophocles, which are here provided with a commentary.

Charles Lewis received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cambridge University. He has taught at Princeton University, and held an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the Free University, Berlin.

Contents:

i-vi
The Law of Poetry: The Law of Poetry
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
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x-x
Note On Editions and Translations
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xi-xii
Abbreviations and Conventions
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Introduction
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9-36
Chapter 1 Hölderlin and the Dialogue of Genres
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37-56
Chapter 2 Hölderlin’s Ode ‘Natur Und Kunst Oder Saturn Und Jupiter’ and Cleanthes’ ‘Hymn To Zeus’
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57-82
Chapter 3 the One-Sided Surface and the Wechsel Der Töne
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83-100
Chapter 4 Boileau and ‘Longinus’ in Hölderlin’s Sophokles-Anmerkungen
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101-120
Chapter 5 Hölderlin On Tragedy and Paradox
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121-144
Chapter 6 the Tragic and the Anti-Tragic: Pindarfragmente and Nachtgesänge
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147-184
the Sophokles-Anmerkungen
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185-186
Die Bedeutung der Tragödien ...
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187-204
Bibliography
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205-212
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Lewis, Charles, The Law of Poetry: Studies in Hölderlin’s Poetics, Germanic Literatures, 18 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Charles Lewis, The Law of Poetry: Studies in Hölderlin’s Poetics, Germanic Literatures, 18 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Lewis, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Lewis, Charles. 2019. The Law of Poetry: Studies in Hölderlin’s Poetics, Germanic Literatures, 18 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Lewis 2019: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Lewis 2019: 21.

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