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Friedrich Hölderlin
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Friedrich Hölderlin, (1770–1843) is today considered one of the most important modern European poets. His vision focuses on the dark light of Greek civilization and on its significance for Western culture and letters. Concerned in his work with world religion, geography, and the poet’s vocation, he has been seen as a poet’s poet. His lyric capacity ranges from metrical mastery, especially in his renewal of Pindaric epinikion, to a freeverse mode that anticipates the Cantos of Ezra Pound, and finally settles, during his last years, on a calm rhymed verse of pellucid clarity. Among Hölderlin’s followers may be counted W. H. Auden and a school of contemporary Danish poets. His poems and critical prose have been translated, among other places, in Russia and East Central Europe, Latin America, and the Far East. (4/2006)

AGNI has published the following work:

Poetry
Heidelberg
By Friedrich Hölderlin
Translated from the German by Emery George
AGNI 63 Print Only
Poetry
To the Parcae
By Friedrich Hölderlin
Translated from the German by Emery George
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