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Hölderlin’s ‘Hälfte des Lebens’ and the Fate of Reflection

Cooper, Ian (2022) Hölderlin’s ‘Hälfte des Lebens’ and the Fate of Reflection. Publications of the English Goethe Society, 91 (3). pp. 176-192. ISSN 0959-3683. E-ISSN 1749-6284. (doi:10.1080/09593683.2022.2119652) (KAR id:96767)


The article examines Hölderlin’s poem as a tragic response to Romantic reflection as formulated by Fichte, and in this context shows that the poem’s interest in Klopstock, recognized by recent scholarship, is a critical one. Hölderlin, like Hegel, discerns a continuity between Klopstock’s emphasis on feeling and the problems of Fichtean reflection. The article concludes by looking at the poem’s

critical anticipation of later Romantic developments, and its

significant relation to Goethe’s ‘Auf dem See’.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09593683.2022.2119652
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PT German literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Ian Cooper
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2022 10:09 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2024 23:00 UTC
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