Henry Von Ofterdingen: A Romance

Henry Von Ofterdingen A Romance A gem of German Romanticism this literary landmark continues to enchant readers with its combination of poetic and fairy tale elements The young hero of this unfinished experimental novel envisions a

  • Title: Henry Von Ofterdingen: A Romance
  • Author: Novalis Ludwig Tieck
  • ISBN: 9780486795775
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • A gem of German Romanticism, this literary landmark continues to enchant readers with its combination of poetic and fairy tale elements The young hero of this unfinished experimental novel envisions a blue flower that represents desire, love, and the metaphysical longing for the infinite He travels the world in pursuit of his dream, discovering that poetry is everywhereA gem of German Romanticism, this literary landmark continues to enchant readers with its combination of poetic and fairy tale elements The young hero of this unfinished experimental novel envisions a blue flower that represents desire, love, and the metaphysical longing for the infinite He travels the world in pursuit of his dream, discovering that poetry is everywhere for those who can perceive it.Author Friedrich von Hardenberg better known as Novalis 1772 1801 was a poet and philosopher who worked closely with Friedrich Schlegel and Ludwig Tieck Novalis s influence extended to Hermann Hesse and Jorge Luis Borges, and the blue flower motif that he originated in Henry von Ofterdingen has appeared in the works of C S Lewis and George R R Martin This edition features a Life of the Author and an Afterword by Ludwig Tieck.

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    1. This is the first time that I have finished this book, though I have started it many times, if that is a good sign or a bad one I would say, simply as a traveller I have frequently got lost in the opening lines, Novalis was a bit of a Platonist, there is for him the world which we see, and then the deeper, inner world, the hero of this book journeys towards himself, an impossible destination, the longing and urgings in the text tempt the mind to day dreams, did I read the book or dream it, I'm n [...]

    2. I decided to read this because I will be reading The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald. That book has been with me for more than 3 years now. I purchased it brand new but its pages are now yellowed and brittle.This book was first published in 1802 in Berlin. The writer, Novalis is a German poet and that explains the fluid verse-like prose that one can't help but enjoy while reading this work. Then the story is about a young man Henry von Ofterdingen who is in search of the blue flower of his ma [...]

    3. A very strange book that evokes a dream like statea time when you wake up and have slept so long you are not sure if it is dawn or dusk; suspended between the two.

    4. Astralis“Who yieldeth himself to love'sdeep madness,From its wounds is never freeThe world a grave becometh,KeepingThe heart, like ashes in an urn.”"In the art of poetry, on the contrary, there is nothing tangible to be met with. It creates nothing with tools and hands. The eye and the ear percieve it not ; for the mere hearing of the words has no real influence in this secret art. It is all internal ; and as other artists fill the external senses with agreeable emotions, so in like manner t [...]

    5. I laughed when I read many of the reviews on this book, after the fact. I had not read any reviews when I started this book, and I'm not sure I would have started if I'd read many of the lack luster reviews. I found this book when researching a line from C.S. Lewis' "Surprised by Joy" wherein Lewis describes himself as a “…votary of the blue flower…” which turned out to be a reference to German Romanticism, specifically the works of Novalis. Why is German Romanticism symbolized by a blue [...]

    6. Wenn ich das alles recht bedenke, so scheint es mir, als wenn ein Geschichtschreiber nothwendig auch ein Dichter seyn müßte, denn nur die Dichter mögen sich auf jene Kunst, Begebenheiten schicklich zu verknüpfen, verstehn. In ihren Erzählungen und Fabeln habe ich mit stillem Vergnügen ihr zartes Gefühl für den geheimnißvollen Geist des Lebens bemerkt. Es ist mehr Wahrheit in ihren Mährchen, als in gelehrten Chroniken. Sind auch ihre Personen und deren Schicksale erfunden: so ist doch d [...]

    7. Many will hate this book. I thought I would too (having hated "The Alchemist" by Paolo Coelho, one of the 20th century's most over-rated books, which is an example of how NOT to write like Novalis). But - "The partition between fiction and truth, between the past and the present, has fallen down. Faith, fancy and poetry lay open the internal world."I had this insight too, and I think it better to get it from this book than from the bottom of the bottle, which is where I more usually find it."I w [...]

    8. It very much helps to read about the ethical and philosophical aspects of early romanticism before you start reading this book! The book is written as a polemic against Goethe's "Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre". Imagine the courage it took to create this!As I found out, a lot of today's views on traveling and life haven't been changed since this book was published. That's pretty amazing

    9. Die literarische Epoche der Romantik wird manchmal gerne als eine Art Höhepunkt in der deutschen Literatur bezeichnet, denn entgegen vielen anderen Epochen hält die Romantik sowohl sehr viel Düsternis und Mystisches, jedoch auch Philosophisches und Lebensbejahendes bereit und bildet somit vielleicht die größten Kontraste in sich selbst. Aus diesem Grund ist Heinrich von Ofterdingen auch ein sehr gutes Beispiel, um die gesamte Bandbreite dieser Epoche zu begreifen, denn man findet garantiert [...]

    10. NOVALIS i.e. Friedrich von Hardenberg, (1772 – 1801)‚Heinrich von Ofterdingen‘, published posthumous 1802An Ode to Poetry and Poets, from the Great German Romantic period.At first, the novel, when young Heinrich sets out to travel and discover the world, the story appears very much inspired by Goethe’s ‘Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre’. (1795)Pictures of the landscape, conversations with fellow travelers, new things to see every day, Heinrich is delighted with his new life. He learns to t [...]

    11. Henry von Ofterdingen est un roman à quatre étoiles pour ceux qui aiment déjà le romantisme allemand et plus specifiquement l'oeuvre de Ludwig Tieck. Si vous ne connaissez pas très bien le romantisme allemande, vous serez mieux de commencer avec d'autres auteurs de l'époque tells que Goethe, Tieck, Jean Paul, Kleist et Hoffman. Henry von Ofterdingen n'est pas une porte d'entrée. Ses extases poetiques dépassent toutes les limites raisaonables. C'est un plaisir seulement pour les initiés [...]

    12. Novalis, the author of _Heinrich von Ofterdingen_, among the founders of the Romantic movement, also wrote the classic book of poems, _Hymns to the Night_, in which he attempts to seduce his beloved Sophie with all manner of words and rhyme -- but those hymns are not the subject of this review. For a good secondary source on this book, and the entire Romantic movement, there's always Bob Richards' _Romantic Evolution_. The fragment in this book, "Klingsor's Marchen" ("Marchen" being German for " [...]

    13. I'm not sure why this was marked as one of the 1001 books I must read before I die. The author himself died before he finished it. He may be a fine example of German Romanticism, but he's no Goethe. And I'm not even sure I like Goethe all that much. The only thing good I can say about this is that it was short.

    14. A strange but enchanting book! I enjoyed it so much, though, I have to admit, the allegorical tale at the end of part one was complex and difficult to understand or interpret. I particularly loved the hints about the primal paradise-like golden age and the good relationship man used to enjoy with the animals, trees, etc.

    15. Beautifully written, a German classic which I heard of through the 1001 books list. A quick read, in which Henry goes on a journey with his mother to visit her family.On their way they encounter other travellers, and hear stories and tales.

    16. "Du bist noch ein Kind." - "Und werde ewig ein Kind sein""Wer wird dir beistehen?" - "Ich stehe für mich." - Fabel zur Sphinx, Klingsohrs MärchenZugegebenermassen habe ich den ersten Teil des Romans eher speed-gelesen, bis zum neunten Kapitel finde ich alles etwas künstlich in die Länge gezogen - Novalis als begabtester Dichter der politischen Romantik hin oder her.Beeindruckend finde ich hingegen das Märchen, das Klingsohr ab dem neunten Kapitel Heinrich erzählt, das wie eine Allegorie, j [...]

    17. This book has one of the best opening sequences ever. It also doesn't have any ending, because Novalis died before finishing it. Dude died at 28, which makes a lot of sense after you read this book, whose protagonist, Henry, is about as sensitive and precious as you can get. I don't mean "precious" in the Annoying Little Twink sense: the atmosphere is richly suffused with wonder and Henry's awe makes you want to say Aww. For a while at least: while Henry and his mother journey with a bunch of me [...]

    18. The philosophical implications of this book went right over my head. I sort of enjoyed most of the fairy tales until the last one, which was 28 pages long and incoherent. Were drugs a problem back in the late 1700s?

    19. Beautiful language, romantic tales (it is in fact a string of tales) where everybody hugs everybody tenderly and weeps and loves eternally and so on. A majestic project that was not and probably could not be finished, too all-encompassing to be really enjoyed. The culmination of the finished first part is a cryptic symbolic name-dropping fairy tale or a myth or something where mainly some philosophical concepts in human form interact in well interesting ways. It is a torture for the reader (=me) [...]

    20. První polovina knihy se čte úplně sama - Jindřich se vydává s matkou na cestu do jejího rodného města, cestou od kupců uslyší několik příběhů a bájí, v Augsburgu potká svou lásku a mentora. Až do tohoto místa je kniha velmi čtivá, zajímavá a dost mě i bavila. Zajímavé nastínění dalšího děje je i scéna v jeskyni s tajemným rukopisem a řada náznaků na časovou diskontinuitu. Text je obhajobou poezie - ta má být záštitou budoucího světa bez válek, sv [...]

    21. Il fiore azzurroQual è il suo significato? Rappresenta l'amore? La giovinezza? Il desiderio in se stesso?Il giovane Enrico rimane turbato dal racconto di uno straniero, che parla di questo fiore, da un colore celestiale, sovrannaturale, e sogna di trovarlo, vedendoci il viso di una bellissima ragazza.Da qui inizia un viaggio costellato di poemi, racconti e incontri pittoreschi, che culmina con la presenza della ragazza in carne e ossa e di suo padre, che dovrebbe diventare il maestro filosofico [...]

    22. Novalis's fragmentary but pioneering work of European Romanticism paved the way for many writers to come--from E.T.A. Hoffmann and George MacDonald to Hermann Hesse and Jorge Luis Borges, to name just a few. Ursula K. Le Guin's "Always Coming Home" takes its title (and more) from "Henry von Ofterdingen."

    23. Source for the Inklings, and (esp.) MacDonald. Very dreamlike and beautiful. Quintessential early German Romanticism.

    24. A great romantic novel from 1802, telling young Henry's search for himself. Even though unfinished, it is a great piece of writing, ranking well among Ludwig Tieck and E. T. A. Hoffmann.

    25. Good material for writers and poets from the book of Novalis:"We want to reveal to us something simple and magnificent of the spirit of time, and if that desire is satisfied, it does not matter at all whether the actors actually lived or not."

    26. I much prefer this to Hyperion. The natural/classical imagery is just as strong, but the interwoven fables and myths seem much more interesting and natural. The final tale is amazing, and its a shame it was never finished.

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