Between sentimentality and phantasmagoria: German lyric poetry, 1830–1890

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© 2005 by the Editor and Contributors. All Rights Reserved. Während sich nun diese [romantische] Schule ihrem Ableben näherte, veränderte sich mehr und mehr die Physiognomie der Zeit. Die Revolution, der Liberalismus, die Technik, die materiellen Tendenzen, die Cultur, die Alles beleckt, die Philosophie, die den letzten Rest des Unmittelbaren in die Vermittlung des Denkens hereinzuziehensystematisch fortfuhr, der Geschäftsdrang, der uns von Morgen bis Abend an den Arbeitsstuhl fesselt und der zehnten Muse, der langen Weile, ihr bischen Lebenslust vollends zu erdrücken droht: Alles dieß verschwor sich gegen die poëtische Stimmung und stellte vor die letzte Wiese, auf der ein Dichter schlendern mochte, den Schlagbaum der Sorge. (Theodor Vischer) [As the Romantic school was nearing its end, the overall profile of the era seemed increasingly altered. Revolution; liberalism; technology; the material orientation of culture whose influence extends everywhere; a philosophy continually striving to storm the last bastions of immediacy with the mediations of systematic thought; and the pressure of an economic life that fetters us to our desks and threatens to throttle the last bit of pleasurable life out of the tenthmuse — boredom: all these tendencies conspired against the poetic mood by erecting a gate of anxious concern in front of the pasture in which a poet might wish to roam one last time.] Supplement or Impediment of Cognition: Emotion and Lyric Form after Hegel Were one pressed to name a single overarching and dominant feature of German lyric poetry after 1830, it would probably have to be the genre's enduring uncertainty as to its own social legitimacy and efficacy.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pfau, T

Published Date

  • January 1, 2010

Volume / Issue

  • 9 /

Book Title

  • German Literature of the Nineteenth Century, 1832-1899

Start / End Page

  • 207 - 250

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781571136626

Citation Source

  • Scopus