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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Hyperion oder Der Eremit in Griechenland

Apr 28, Pages Buy. With your glorious soul, O man! I read much of his poetry while, luckily, in Aachen, and finished this novel while in Aachen a second time.

In terms of the understanding of the self, there are two types of self-awareness. The following passages give something of a feel for this: Rather, it became something to aim for, something Diotima thought Hyperion could achieve for her: This seems to point to new experiences and the possibility of revisiting his interpretation of his life thus far. It does not deliver what a novel reader might expect in terms of characterisation, suspense or specificity of incident though its retrospective narrative is cleverly designed.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. In un climax crescente, che culmina nella solitudine, Holderlin ha creato un piccolo capolavoro di nicchia.

Hyperion hints holderli this when he complains about the Germans: But Hyperion is somewhat different.


According to this theory, there are three fundamental poetic tones: Lord Byron, British Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination….

Importantly, though no holcerlin external events intervene, we perceive a difference between the Hyperion of letter one and the man writing the final words of the novel.

I hesitates between two. Rather, it becomes something we strive towards with our freedom.

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

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. One of my favorite books since I read “Man is a God when he dreams, and a beggar when he thinks”. Inafter his disillusionment with philosophy that led him to abandon any plans to find an academic position, he spent a year recovering in Switzerland and decided to devote the rest of his life to writing poetry.

This page was last edited on 25 Marchat This book is, in parts, moving and beautiful – but, sometimes, it doesn’t quite ring true.

Hyperion | novel by Hölderlin |

Indeed, it implies a purported reconciliation between the sublimity that attaches to the dutiful agent who, in his freedom, places the moral law above all inclinations, and the beauty of a harmony of inclinations and duty. This philosophy apparently makes knowledge of the Absolute i. Praise In the euphonious movement of its prose, in the sublimity and beauty of the figures that appear in it, Hyperion makes an impression upon me similar to the beat of the waves of the troubled sea.


I must forget what she wholly is, if I am to speak of her. Hyperion pursues learning, friendship, love, patriotism and martial valour, and admiration of nature, as he is compelled by different visions hyperiom the Good.

Of course, this guy was one of the inventors of romanticism. 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 the ruins of an abandoned hermitage.

Hyperion is an epistolatory novel hypegion education in which a Greek philosopher of the late 18th century writes letters to a German friend telling his life’s story. Thank You for Your Contribution! In another, I must understand myself as belonging to an original pre-reflective unity. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

She tends to replace philosophical incisiveness with a blustering, autobiographical style, but what her exposition lacks in rigour it makes up for in enthusiasm. Open Preview See a Problem?

What I did like was that the ‘introduction’ was in the translator’s postscript — I so prefer reading about authors after I’ve encountered their hyerion.