Selected Poetry of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Penguin by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Goethe seen the writing of poetry as primarily autobiographical, and the works chosen during this quantity signify greater than sixty years within the lifetime of the poet. In early poems reminiscent of "Prometheus," he rails opposed to faith in a virtually ecstatic fervor, whereas "To the Moon" is an enigmatic meditation at the finish of a love affair. The Roman Elegies express Goethe’s use of Classical meters in an homage to old Rome and its poets, and "The Diary," suppressed for greater than a century, is a story poem whose eroticism is mixed with its morality.

In choices from Faust, arguably his maximum and such a lot own paintings, Goethe creates a thrilling depiction of humankind’s everlasting look for truth.
* Dual-language version
* David Luke's beautiful verse translations are prepared chronologically
* contains an creation and notes that position the poems within the context of the poet's existence and instances, in addition to indexes of German and English titles and primary traces

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