Conversations of Goethe with Johann Peter Eckermann by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Johann Peter Eckermann, J. K.

By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Johann Peter Eckermann, J. K. Moorhead, John Oxenford, Havelock Ellis

German poet, dramatist, novelist, translator, scientist, and musician, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) used to be the final common genius of the West and a grasp of worldwide literature, the writer of The Sorrows of younger Werther, Wilhelm Meister, and Faust. Nowhere else can one stumble upon a extra penetrating, many-sided, and private Goethe than within the remarkable Conversations (1836) via Johann Peter Eckermann (1792–1854), a German writer and student in addition to Goethe's good friend, archivist, and editor. even if purely thirty-one whilst first assembly the seventy-four-year-old literary significant, Eckermann speedy committed himself to supporting Goethe in the course of his final 9 years whereas by no means failing to checklist their far-ranging discourse. listed below are Goethe's suggestions on Byron, Carlyle, Delacroix, Hegel, Shakespeare, and Voltaire, in addition to his perspectives on artwork, structure, astronomy, the Bible, chinese language literature, feedback, desires, ethics, freedom, genius, mind's eye, immortality, love, brain over physique, sculpture, and masses extra. Eckermann's Conversations—comparable to Boswell's lifetime of Samuel Johnson—allows Goethe to have interaction the reader in a voice as exact because it is entrancing.

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Thereupon he drank off a cup of decoction of arnica, which, employed by Huschke at the most dangerous moment yesterday, had brought on the favourable crisis. Goethe gave a beautiful description of this plant, and extolled its powerful effect to the skies. Were I the grand-duke,? I would have asked a great deal, and troubled myself a great deal about you.? A better respiration generally brings with it a better inspiration.? I knew that long ago; but this truth does not apply to you, you rogue.? Goethe sat upright in his bed, facing the open door of his workroom, where his nearest friends were assembled without his knowledge.

His acquaintance was to me as interesting as agreeable. , Nov. 5. An evening party at Goethe's. Amongst the assembled guests was the artist Kolbe. a copy of Titian's Venus, from the Dresden Gallery. This evening, I also found with Goethe, Herr von Eschwege, and the celebrated Hummel. Hummel improvised for nearly an hour upon the piano, with a force and a talent of which it is impossible to form a conception unless one has heard him. I found his conversation simple and natural, and himself, for a virtuoso of such celebrity, surprisingly modest.

So, to give a single instance, Goethe's detached remarks on poetry often have an appearance of one-sidedness, and indeed often of manifest contradiction. Sometimes he lays all the stress on the material which the world affords; sometimes upon the internal nature of the poet; sometimes the only important point is the subject; sometimes the mode of treating it; sometimes all is made to depend on perfection of form; sometimes upon the spirit, with a neglect of all form. But all these contradictions are single sides of the True, and, taken together, denote the essence of truth itself, and lead to an approximation to it.

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