An analysis of the active ignorance by the german poet goethe

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If they go on as they seem to be doing now, in two or three generations we shall see what these beer-swillers and smoke-puffers have made of Germany. When Batty Langley observed in that "every ancient building, which is not in the Grecian mode, is called a Gothic building", he echoed a Palladian Classicism, later embraced by Goethe himself, that had long defined itself in pointed opposition to the grotesque. Clearly, Lewis would not have had much difficulty seeing a likeness between this Faust, who abandons the recluse's life of contemplation for the pleasures of the flesh, and his Ambrosio. Stopp Neuere Poeten tun viel Wasser in die Tinte. It was important to Goethe as a poet to gain a deeper insight into practical reality, and he seized the present opportunity to familiarize himself with many phases of life which hitherto had lain beyond his horizon. Stopp You really only know when you know little. In this, however, he is not entirely successful.

To this end he conferred upon Goethe the title of Privy Counsellor, with an annual salary of twelve hundred thalers and a vote in the ducal cabinet.

At all events the great expectations which were entertained of him in the Darmstadt circle, stimulated him to justify the reputation which had been thrust upon him. This was quite a new experience to a young man who had been accustomed to easy conquests and uncritical adoration.

Gretchen and Antonia react similarly also. Between the eye and the bodies is interposed the most immediate object: hollow space, air.

Not in freedom from labor but in devotion to labor; not in unrestrained pursuit of pleasure, but in a well-defined sphere of daily utility, can man alone find happiness. As a story the book was sufficiently entertaining, but it hinted everywhere at meanings which it did not fully reveal.

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Goethe discards, for the time, the classical measures in which his genius had moved with such sovereign ease, and adopts the strangely involved verse of an entirely alien civilization. His drama Faust is considered one of the greatest works of nineteenth-century Romanticism.

Oxford: Oxford University Press, Excelling in various genres and literary styles, Goethe was a shaping force in the major German literary movements of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

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Surely we are here precisely so as to turn what passes into something that endures; but this is possible only if you can appreciate both. If Werther had been like his prototype in this respect he would not have killed himself—in other words, he would not have been Werther. If they go on as they seem to be doing now, in two or three generations we shall see what these beer-swillers and smoke-puffers have made of Germany. Everything that they saw filled them with ecstatic wonder, and furnished themes for extravagant discourses and poetic dreams. The city of Strassburg was then, as it has ever since remained, essentially German, though there was an infusion of Gallic life from the French officials who governed the conquered province. Man muss nur versuchen, es noch einmal zu denken. Goethe addressed the Gothic in his nonfiction writing as well. The ready recognition which he thus found on all hands gradually developed in him the idea of a world literature, which, independently of race and country, should appeal to the highest sense of excellence which the most cultured in all countries have in common.

Discuss Law is mighty, mightier necessity. I have never uttered anything which I have not experienced and which has not urged me to production. It was an interesting society which he here encountered, a society animated by an exalted veneration of poetic and intellectual achievements and devoted to a kind of emotional extravagance—an artificial heightening of every fine feeling and sentiment.

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Faust openly disregards the codes of church and society.

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