Faust: parts I and II

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Dent, 1954 - Drama - 416 pages
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Goethe viewed the writing of poetry as essentially autobiographical, and the works selected in this volume represent more than sixty years in the life of the poet. In early poems such as Prometheus, he rails against religion in an almost ecstatic fervor, while To the Moon is an enigmatic meditation on the end of a love affair. The "Roman Elegies" show Goethes use of Classical meters in an homage to ancient Rome and its poets, and The Diary, suppressed for more than a century, is a narrative poem whose eroticism is combined with its morality. In selections from "Faust," arguably his greatest and most personal work, Goethe creates an exhilarating depiction of humankinds eternal search for truth. Faithful and felicitous, these verse translations . . . are an excellent introduction to [Goethes] genius. "The Daily Telegraph" (London)

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Contents

Prologue in Heaven
9
Before the Town Gate
16
Promenaders of all kinds pass out
27

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) perhaps comes as closJohann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) perhaps comes as close as any man to deserving the title of universal genius. Poee as any man to deserving the title of universal genius. Poet, dramatist, critic, scientist, administrator and novelist,t, dramatist, critic, scientist, administrator and novelist, he was born at Frankfurt-am-Main in 1749, the son of well-t he was born at Frankfurt-am-Main in 1749, the son of well-to-do parents with intellectual interests; and he studied at o-do parents with intellectual interests; and he studied at the University of Leipzig and at Strassburg, where he wrote the University of Leipzig and at Strassburg, where he wrote a play which initiated the important Sturm und Drang movemena play which initiated the important Sturm und Drang movement. During the next five years he practiced law in Frankfurt t. During the next five years he practiced law in Frankfurt and wrote The Sorrows of Young Werther, a remarkable novel aand wrote The Sorrows of Young Werther, a remarkable novel autobiographical of one side of Goethe's nature. In 1775 he wutobiographical of one side of Goethe's nature. In 1775 he went to visit the court of the young Duke of Weimar, and, excent to visit the court of the young Duke of Weimar, and, except for an extended journey to Italy a decade later, stayed ept for an extended journey to Italy a decade later, stayed there the rest of his life, filling at one time or another athere the rest of his life, filling at one time or another all the major posts in the Weimar government. Here a close frll the major posts in the Weimar government. Here a close friendship with Schiller developed, and here he conducted impoiendship with Schiller developed, and here he conducted important scientific experiments and published a steady stream ortant scientific experiments and published a steady stream of books of the highest order and in many different forms. Hef books of the highest order and in many different forms. He became the director of the Weimar Theatre in 1791 and made became the director of the Weimar Theatre in 1791 and made it the most famous in Europe. His life held a number of ardeit the most famous in Europe. His life held a number of ardent loves, which he celebrated in lyrics that are compared tont loves, which he celebrated in lyrics that are compared to Shakespeare's, and in 1806 he married Christiane Vulpius wh Shakespeare's, and in 1806 he married Christiane Vulpius whom he had loved for many years. In later life Goethe became om he had loved for many years. In later life Goethe became a generous patron of younger writers, including Byron and Caa generous patron of younger writers, including Byron and Carlyle. In 1790 he published the first version of his life worlyle. In 1790 he published the first version of his life work as Faust, a Fragment, but Part I of the completed Faust drk as Faust, a Fragment, but Part I of the completed Faust did not appear until 1808, while Part II was finished and pubid not appear until 1808, while Part II was finished and published only a few months before Goethe's death in 1832. lished only a few months before Goethe's death in 1832.

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