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Lyric Orientations: Hölderlin, Rilke, and the Poetics of Community

Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge


This book explores the power of lyric poetry to stir the social and emotional lives of human beings in the face of the ineffable nature of our mortality. It focuses on two German-speaking masters of lyric prose and poetry: Friedrich Hölderlin (1770—1843) and Rainer Maria Rilke (1875—1926). While Hölderlin and Rilke are stylistically very different, each believed in the power of poetic language to orient us as social beings in contexts that otherwise can be alienating. They shared the conviction that such alienation cannot be overcome once and for all in any universal event. Both argued that to ... More

Keywords: lyric poetry, mortality, lyric prose, Friedrich Hölderlin, Rainer Maria Rilke, poetic language, uncertainty, Stanley Cavell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780801456954
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801456954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge, author
Assistant Professor of German, the University of Wisconsin-Madison