HÖlderlin and the Golden Chain of Homer Including an Unknown Source

Author: George, Emery
George, Emery E.
Consisting of two essays, this book investigates the impact on Hölderlin's poetic imagery of the Homeric metaphor of the golden chain of nature. It contrasts A. O. Lovejoy's ideas on "the great chain of being" with the results of recent research. It also announces discovery of an unknown source to which Hölderlin was indebted: an early seventeenth-century Jesuit devotional tract. The study considers the full range of the poetic work, including the poems, Hyperion, and Empedokles. The book is illustrated with two figures, and concludes with two appendixes of verbal data, a bibliography, and indexes of names and of Hölderlin's works.


"Two essays are united in this admirable book which contains a major discovery in Hölderlin scholarship. . . . George's book is a pioneering and stimulating contribution to Hölderlin scholarship. The scholar will appreciate the extensive and exemplary documentation. Besides many elaborate notes the book contains two appendixes providing copious verbal data for each of the two essays. There is a comprehensive bibliography, an index of names, and an index of Hölderlin's works." -- Michigan Academician

". . . George juxtaposes twenty-three textual parallels relating the Chain of Being in Bellarmino's text to Hölderlin's hymn. He demonstrates convincingly the striking similarity between both texts. . . . The likelihood that Bellarmino's writings played an important part not only in Der Einzige but in Hölderlin's evolving concepts of "world" and "beauty" is very good indeed. . . . These two articles are a must for Hölderlin scholarship. George opens an exciting new approach." -- Monatshefte