Hölderlin and the Measure of Enthusiasm argues for a new understanding of measure (Maß) in German lyric poetry around 1800, focusing on the work of Friedrich Hölderlin. Rhythmically and syntactically, Hölderlin’s poetry resonates with the tradition that associates lyric expressivity and inspiration, or Begeisterung. Within this context, most famously exemplified in Goethe’s Erlebnislyrik and Klopstock’s hymns in freie Rhythmen , poetry is more “free” for being more irregular. While Hölderlin’s poetry assimilates the sense of Begeisterung as poetic inspiration, I argue, it abandons the mimetic relationship between form and subjectivity implied in the work of these earlier poets. Instead of evoking unfettered subjective expression, Begeisterung assumes its own kind of measure—what Hölderlin calls das Maas Begeisterung. Although Hölderlin is among the most central figures in modern literary criticism, or perhaps because of this, his work tests the limits of conventional critical methods. While previous critics have sought to define Hölderlin’s measure by looking at his poetological writings or by tracing the instances of key phrases or concepts, I am concerned with the implications of measure for Hölderlin’s poetic practice. Through a close analysis of individual poems and translations, I examine the senses of measure underlying the composition—and decomposition—of the work.
|Commitee:||Chase, Cynthia, Culler, Jonathan, Fleming, Paul, Waite, Geoff|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Comparative literature, German literature|
|Keywords:||Begeisterung, Expressivity and inspiration, German lyric poetry, Holderlin, Friedrich, Poetic measure, Poetic practice|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be