103 Great Poems/103 Meistergedichte A Dual-Language Book (Paperback)
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|Exceptionally fine poetry by Germany's greatest literary figure offers a rich selection of the poet's verse--from his earliest, "An den Schlaf" ("To Sleep"), written when he was 18, to his last great poem, "Verdachtnis" ("Legacy"), written at the age of 80. Excellent line-for-line English translations by Stanley Appelbaum, with an Introduction, Commentary, and other apparatus.|
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Generally considered Germany's greatest literary figure, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) created a large body of exceptionally fine poetry spanning a wide range of styles, forms, and moods. Now this convenient dual-language edition allows readers to savor a rich selection of the poet's verse in the original German, with excellent line-for-line English translations on facing pages. Included in this volume are "Prometheus, " typical of the Sturm und Drang (storm and stress) period; "Rastlose Liebe" ("Restless Love") and "An den Mond" ("To the Moon"), lyric pieces of intense beauty; the narrative ballads "Der Fischer" ("The Fisherman") and "Erlkonig" ("Elf King"); and many more. For this edition, Stanley Appelbaum has provided new English translations, an Introduction and Commentary, and other apparatus.
Exceptionally fine poetry by Germany's greatest literary figure spans a wide range of styles, forms and moods, offering a rich selection of the poet's verse — from his earliest, "An den Schlaf" ("To Sleep"), written when he was 18, to his last great poem, "VerdÄchtnis" ("Legacy"), written when he was 80.
Goethe studied law at Liepzig University, and also studied drawing. In 1788 he began living with Christine Vulpius, whom he would marry in 1806. She died in 1816, and the couple had one son. Goethe practiced law briefly, then devoted himself to writing, although he remained active in political affairs, and spent over 10 years at the court of Duke Karl August of Weimar, who became his close friend. After his early contributions to European romanticism, which culminated in his confessional novel, "The Sorrows of Young Werther", Goethe and his close friend Schiller made a conscientious attempt to create a "classical" German literature in the areas of lyric poetry, drama, and prose fiction. His 1824 novel, "Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship", is the prototype of the Bild?ngsroman, the form which many important German writers, from Mann to Grass, were to embrace in later years. Goethe is considered the dominant figure in the history of German literature. His last words were, "More light!"