Hymns to the Night & Spiritual Songs, by German author, poet, mystic and mineralogist Novalis (or Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg), were originally published in English in 1842 & 1873 respectively, as translated by Scots ...
Author: Friedrich Von Hardenberg
Hymns to the Night & Spiritual Songs, by German author, poet, mystic and mineralogist Novalis (or Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg), were originally published in English in 1842 & 1873 respectively, as translated by Scots author, poet and minister George MacDonald.Hymns to the Night (or Hymnen an die Nacht) and Spiritual Songs (Geistliche Lieder), were both originally published in German in 1800 towards the end of Novalis' life. Hymns to the the Night, are six prose poems sprinkled with verse. Within which Novalis celebrates night, or death, being an entry point to a higher life within the presence of God. Anticipating the mystical union with his love Sophie von Kühn, and the cosmos simultaneously. Spiritual Songs are fifteen verse poems, that contemplate a deep spirituality, and romantic mysticism of the self, whilst it looks upon the pain of incarnation and mundane existence as it falters towards a higher life.
A new edition in large print of Novalis' Hymns To the Night, and Spiritual Songs, translated by George MacDonald, with an introduction and notes by Carol Appleby. Includes the German text.
A new edition in large print of Novalis' Hymns To the Night, and Spiritual Songs, translated by George MacDonald, with an introduction and notes by Carol Appleby. Includes the German text. Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg, 1772-1801) is the most mystical of the German Romantic poets.
NOVALIS: HYMNS TO THE NIGHT A new edition of Novalis' Hymns To the Night, and Spiritual Songs, translated by George Macdonald, with an introduction and notes by Carol Appleby. Includes the German text.
NOVALIS: HYMNS TO THE NIGHT A new edition of Novalis' Hymns To the Night, and Spiritual Songs, translated by George Macdonald, with an introduction and notes by Carol Appleby. Includes the German text. Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg, 1772-1801) is the most mystical of the German Romantic poets. He is at once the most typical and the most unusual of the German Romantic writers, indeed, of all Romantic poets. His best known work, Hymns To the Night, was published in 1800. Novalis is supremely idealistic, far more so than Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or Heinrich Heine. He died young, which makes him, like Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats, something of a hero (or martyr). He did not write as much as Shelley, but his work, like that of Keats or Arthur Rimbaud, promised much. For Michael Hamburger, Novalis' poetry is almost totally idealistic: Novalis's philosophy, then, is not mystical, but utopian. That is why his imaginative works are almost wholly lacking in conflict. They are a perpetual idyll. It's true that Novalis' work is supremely idealistic, and utopian. But it is also mystical, because it points towards the invisible, unseen and unknown, and aims to reach that ecstatic realm. Novalis wrote: The sense of poetry has much in common with that for mysticism. It is the sense of the peculiar, personal, unknown, mysterious, for what is to be revealed, the necessary-accidental. It represents the unrepresentable. It sees the invisible, feels the unfeelable, etc... The sense for poetry has a close relationship with the sense for augury and the religious sense, with the sense for prophecy in general. Glyn Hughes remarks of Novalis: 'The sustaining interest in the reading of Novalis's works is the sense of contact with a mind of visionary intensity and total commitment. The poetic achievement is in the momentary glimpses of ideal reality: what, in other contexts, we should call epiphanies. (61) The translator of Hymns To the Night, Scottish fantasist George Macdonald (1824-95), included Lewis Carroll and John Ruskin among his literary friends. His well-known works were Phantastes (1858), Lilith (1895), Bannerman's Boyhood and the Curdie children's stories: The Princess and the Goblin (1872) and The Princess and Curdie (1882). Macdonald's books were a significant inﬂuence on both J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Illustrated. With bibliography and notes. 160 pages. ISBN 9781861713525. www.crmoon.com
a tional period that produced the Song Book and the later Spiritual Songs . The Hymns to the Night echo the concern with death that figures prominently in songs III and V , and they even amplify it — as one might expect when ...
Author: William Arctander O'Brien
Publisher: Post-Contemporary Intervention
Novalis traces the meteoric career of one of the most striking—and most strikingly misunderstood—figures of German Romanticism. Although Friedrich von Hardenberg (better known by his pseudonym, Novalis) published scarcely eighty pages of writings in his lifetime, his considerable fame and influence continued to spread long after his death in 1801. His posthumous reputation, however, was largely based on the myth manufactured by opportunistic editors, as Wm. Arctander O’Brien reveals in this book, the first to extract Hardenberg from the distortions of history. A member of the generation of the 1770s that included Hegel, Hölderlin, and Schelling, Hardenberg was an avid follower of the French Revolution, a semiotician avant la lettre, and a prescient critic of religion. Yet in 1802, only a year after his death, the writer who had scandalized the Prussian court was marketed to a nation at war as a reactionary patriot, a sweet versifier of Idealism, and a morbid mystic. Identifying the break between Hardenberg’s own early Romanticism and the late Romanticism that falsified it, Novalis shows us a writer fully engaged in revolutionary politics and examines his semiotic readings of philosophy and of the political, scientific, and religious institutions of the day. Drawing on the full range of Novalis’s writings, including his poetry, notebooks, novels, and journals, O’Brien situates his semiotics between those of the eighteenth century and those of the twentieth and demonstrates the manner in which a concern for signs and language permeated all aspects of his thought. The most extensive study of Hardenberg available in English, Novalis makes this revolutionary theoretician visible for the first time. Mining a crucial chapter in the history of semiotics and social theory, it suggests fruitful, sometimes problematic connections between semiotic, historical, "deconstructive," and philological practices as it presents a portrait of one of the most complex figures in literary history. Indispensable for scholars of German Romanticism, Novalis will also be of interest to students of comparative literature and European intellectual history.