Hölderlin Revisited – Poetic Exercises


“For Hölderlin, the harmony of the natural and historical world is not something given, but something that one has to be trained to perceive amidst the facticity of suffering and violence. The deliberate confusion of Hölderlin’s poetry, triggered by complex syntactical structures and a dense semantic texture, challenges the human mind to find evidence of the divine in its own mental and poetic self-organization. Disjunction and chaos eventually triumph over organization, leading to a form of aesthetic exercise that undermines rather than bolsters a conception of nature and history as self-organizing, harmonious systems.”

Aesthetic Exercises and Poetic Form
in the Works of Hölderlin, Novalis, and Rococo Poets

© 2010
by Gabriel Stephen Trop





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