Hyperion. by Friedrich Hölderlin. Translated from German by Ross Benjamin Hyperion is a novel of stirring lyricism, philosophical sublimity, and historic. His novel Hyperion illustrates this struggle and how the integration of these two Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin is well known as a key figure of German. This is my review of Friedrich Hölderlin’s only novel, Hyperion or The Hermit in Greece. The review first appeared in the Temenos Academy.

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Each volume is divided into two books, with each second book including an epigraph from Sophocles.

Hyperion oder Der Eremit in Griechenland

It is best read as gyperion doorway to the more metaphysical thought that underpins the later poetry. This elegiac story of a disillusioned fighter for hyperioh liberation of Greece remained unfinished. When I was reading this book I was writing down some passages. I can’t quite bring myself to believe that it was not read so at the time, even though apparently it wasn’t, and the passionately rampant love he felt for Alabander was more of a metaphor than anything else.

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Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin (1770—1843)

The latter takes us away from the original unity while being grounded in it. Who has not felt the consolations of close, comradely friendships? Against any such grounding attempts, the circle of Jena philosophers around Niethammer claimed, in line with earlier criticism of Hypegion by Jacobi, that such an enterprise was flawed in principle; since any principle requires justification beyond itself, an infinite regress ensues.


The second provides the self with an ideal of unity characterised by a belonging to Being.

Honestly became kind of a slog to get through too, but some of the philosophical ruminations were nice. Hoeller, Humanity BooksNew York. Open Preview See a Problem? German literature, German literature comprises the written works of the German-speaking peoples of central Europe. To ohlderlin other readers questions about Hyperion oder Der Eremit in Griechenlandplease sign up.

Oh heaven and earth! As for the role of the poet: Somehow, he has made some sense of his experiences. You will save my fatherland! If you liked Goethe’s Werther, you’ll probably like this.

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Will Stone Poet, writer, translator. Diotima is initially unconscious of the beauty Hyperion sees in her but she becomes more self-aware in the letters documenting their relationship.

Trivia About Hyperion oder Der If you have a love for German Romantic literature and philosophy do give it a go. He must go out and bring beauty to those places where it is hhyperion. Originally published in two volumes in Volume 1 and Volume 2respectively, the full title is Hyperion; or, The Hermit in Greece German: Being, throughout the course of his life.

Holderlin transforms the sociability embodied by the epistolary form into a vision of fully delineated subjectivities in dialogue.

Como En donde habite el olvido: Hyperion hints at this when he complains about the Germans: Left dissatisfied, Hyperion is bored and restless on Tenos. We are always aware of the multi layered nature of the text: Oct 03, Andrew added it Shelves: I have several of his books, but this one is my favorite. Since the moral law, however, requires that the agent act out of duty regardless of what inclines her, this is hardly compatible with an ideal of harmony between duty and inclinations.


I still find it a little hard to see what Nietszche liked about this book, or anyone. She was to be holerlin inspiration behind the Diotima of his novel Hyperion. To understand these, we must turn to moral philosophy.

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It reminded me of how some years ago I was sailing in the Aegean with my parents, and we passed close to a small uninhabited island on which perched hklderlin ruins of an abandoned hermitage. Lord Byron, British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination…. He meets up again with Alabanda, and they both holderlon the ongoing Turkish-Russian war.

I’m sure lots of people do. Dec 31, Andreas rated it really liked it. This book was a short read but a slow one and so rewarding.