This is my review of Friedrich Hölderlin’s only novel, Hyperion or The Hermit in Greece. The review first appeared in the Temenos Academy. Hyperion is a novel of stirring lyricism, philosophical sublimity, and enduring influence. It stands among Hölderlin’s most extraordinary achievements. Hyperion is an epistolatory novel of education in which a Greek philosopher of the late 18th century writes letters to a German friend telling his life’s story.

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Carolyn O’ Connell Poetry. He studied theology and was originally destined for a career in the Lutheran church. The state is nothing but the coarse husk around the seed of life, the wall around the human fruits and flowers.

At the end of the novel, however, the beauty of Nature once again fills Hyperion with joy, and this poetic sense of oneness reaches beyond separation and death to Alabanda and Diotima. Wie alt und neu ist unsere Liebe!

For the chained elements, Like horses, are going off to the side, And the old Laws of the earth. This leads to the death of forty Russian soldiers who stood alone fighting the common foe.

A place to rest isn’t given to us. I must forget what she wholly is, if I am to speak of her. The emotions in all of this are maintained at a high pitch of intensity, even as they range between near-ecstatic elation and despair. Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Yet what good is a wall when the soil of our garden is parched?


We are nothing; what we search for is everything.

Friedrich Hölderlin Quotes (Author of Hyperion oder Der Eremit in Griechenland)

What remains to us is an unending quest or process not liable to completion or final stasis. On one side, we desire the freedom to be above our lives, to shape them, yet on the other we long to feel at home in our world, to be in it at the cost of our liberty. Indeed, this prose is music, soft melting sounds interrupted by painful dissonances, finally expiring in dark, uncanny dirges.

Selected Poems ratings. Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. His holedrlin thought develops this idea which leads to the thought that poetry announces a new clearing of Being.

Fichte had proposed to ground philosophy on the pure relation of the I to itself. Yet will the Father cover with holy night, That we may last on earth, our too knowing eyes. I did not want to submit to their inanity, yet I sought to let it be when I could. This page was last edited on 25 Marchat After leaving home and learning about the world, his encounter with Alabanda is that of a soul-mate who has fought his way to freedom.

For Heidegger, poetry cannot name the unnameable, but it can keep open the space for it Heidegger, Skip to content Home Being In and Above: Never will our Free-ranging power coerce his heaven. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Being In and Above: on Friedrich Hölderlin’s ‘Hyperion’

Hyperion hints at this when he complains about the Germans: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. The original unity which Hyperion was, from the outset, keen to recapture, is understood in different ways by Hyperion at different stages of his life. Called back to action in the world, he fights the Turkish forces occupying Greece and later fights alongside Russian troops.


You are commenting using bolderlin Twitter account. As the novel opens, it is especially in relation to the natural world that Hyperion feels this alienation, though the limits of his current understanding are revealed: Thus, after all these tragedies, an overall feeling of unity prevails: Hyperion holderlkn he cannot commit himself to this course either and we become conscious of his tendency to vacillate between again being within and without, between commitment and alienation and aware too of the fact he perceives this as is a problem needing to be resolved.

This seems to point to new experiences and the possibility of revisiting his interpretation of his life thus far. The review first appeared in the Temenos Academy Review No. He must go out and bring beauty to those places where it is lacking. It is perhaps, however, best read in relatively small doses. Rather, it becomes something we strive towards with our freedom.

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