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The best known poems of 18th-century German poet Friedrich Hölderlin, translated into clear, straight-forward English by San Francisco writer James Mitchell.
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Friedrich Hölderlin was born in Germany in 1770. He studied in Tübingen from 1788 to 1793, where he became friends with fellow-students Hegel and Schelling. Thereafter he worked as a tutor in private homes in Germany, Switzerland, and France, writing some of the most fascinating lyric poetry in the history of German literature. After falling victim to schizophrenia, he was given to the custody of a carpenter's family in Tübingen, with whom he remained 36 years until his death in 1843. Translator James Mitchell has lived and worked for many years in Germany and San Francisco as a writer, book publisher and college teacher.Review:
It's really amazing that one of Germany's best known Romantic poets has remained all but unknown in the United States. Readers of these carefully crafted translations by James Mitchell will profit not only by their economy and clarity of expression, but also by the fact that the same translating technique allows Holderlin's imagery and remarkable spiritual imagination to shine forth in English. Compare for example the following lines taken from "Bread and Wine" as translated by Michael Hamburger in the Penguin Classics series: "Marvellous is her favour, Night's, the exalted, and no one Knows what it is or whence comes all she does and bestows. So she works on the world and works on our souls ever hoping...," with the same verse translated by Mitchell: "The kindness of exalted Night is wonderful, and no one Knows where she comes from, or what will emerge from her. Thus she moves the world, and the hopeful minds of humans...." --William Torphy
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