No. 34, Hymns to the Night (January 2011)

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Table of Contents

01.     Novalis, Hymen an die Nacht (1800), Hymn I

02.     Friedrich, Wanderer above the Mists (1818)

03.     Friedrich, Evening (1820-21)

04.     Novalis, Hymen an die Nacht (1800), Hymn II

05.     Friedrich, Man and Woman contemplating the Moon (1824)

06.     Novalis, Hymen an die Nacht (1800), Hymn III

07.     Friedrich, Abbey in the Oakwood (1809-10)

08.     Novalis, Hymen an die Nacht (1800), Hymn IV

09.     Friedrich, Two Men by the Sea (1817)

10.     Novalis, Hymen an die Nacht (1800), Hymn V

11.     Friedrich, Monk by the Sea (1809)

12.     Novalis, Hymen an die Nacht (1800), Hymn VI

13.     Note

The image of the night, which became so prevalent in Romantic thought, and which Novalis’ text did so much to propagate, was above all a collective representation. Found in the creation myths of Homer, Hesiod and the Orphic poets, it acquired a new currency in a Prussian society responding to the shock of the French Revolution. It is there in the early writings of Hegel as the empty nothingness from which thought emerges, in the philosophy of Schelling as the indivisible absolute, in the paintings of Friedrich as the unknowableness of a silent God, and in the poetry of Hölderlin as the source of holy madness; and it is here, in Novalis’ text, as the threshold between life and death.

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