Hölderlin's Hymn "The Ister"
Martin Heidegger’s 1942 lecture course interprets Friedrich Hölderlin’s hymn "The Ister" within the context of Hölderlin’s poetic and philosophical work, with particular emphasis on Hölderlin’s dialogue with Greek tragedy. Delivered in summer 1942 at the University of Freiburg, this course was first published in German in 1984 as volume 53 of Heidegger's Collected Works. Revealing for Heidegger’s thought of the period are his discussions of the meaning of "the political" and "the national," in which he emphasizes the difficulty and the necessity of finding "one’s own" in and through a dialogue with "the foreign." In this context Heidegger reflects on the nature of translation and interpretation. A detailed reading of the famous chorus from Sophocles' Antigone, known as the "ode to man," is a key feature of the course.
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2 Hymnal poetry as poetizing the essence of the rivers
4 Hölderlins poetry as not concerned with images in a symbolic or meta
6 The rivers as vanishing and full of intimation in Voice of
7 The river as the locality of journeying and the journeying of locality
8 The questionableness of the metaphysical representation of space
THE GREEK INTERPRETATION
The meaning of Selvóv Explication of the commencement of
16 The expulsion of the human being as the most uncanny being The
18 The hearth as being Renewed meditation on the commencement
20 Becoming homely in being unhomelythe ambiguity of being
23 Poetizing the essence of poetrythe poetic spirit as the spirit of
24 The rivers as the poets who found the poetic upon whose ground human
26 Poetizing founding builds the stairs upon which the heavenly descend
CONCLUDING REMARK IS THERE A MEASURE ON EARTH?
13 The uncanny as the ground of human beings Continued explication
14 Further essential determinations of the human being