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The impor- tant literature used will be found listed in the Biblio- graphical Note, or mentioned in the annotation of the individual poems. The spirit of satire and parody is much in evidence in the collection: satire of German journal- ists, of Klopstock's other-worldliness, of Staudlin's Almanack, parody of the conventional praise of a lady (in part very coarse), of the serenade (in a vulgar Bauernstdndchen) , of mythological poetry, suggesting the later opera-bouffe Olympus of Offenbach. C.) burned alive the victims of his cruelty, so that their groans sounded like the bellowing of the bull. The editor desires to express his gratitude to the Royal Library in Berlin and the libraries of Northwestern University and Western Reserve University for the use of first editions and other material, and to his colleagues, Professors Guido H. The epigrams in the collection, in part complimentary, as to Klopstock, Wieland, and Spinoza, are largely satirical — of Lavater, of the doctor as homicide, of the old maid, of the favor of princes; and several are given to erotic jest and innuendo. Stempel and Eugene Leser, for valuable suggestions and kind assist- ance in proof-reading. The didactic appears quite baldly in the advice of Ein Vater an seinen Sohn, and in light XXll INTRODUCTION. The main purpose of the present volume is to present Schiller's personality as expressed in his poems; a personality that compelled the homage and won the affection of such men as Humboldt and Goethe, and that through a century full of vicissitudes and rich in literary development has made Schiller always in the widest sense the best- beloved of German authors. Staudlin's list of contributors was XVm INTRODUCTION. Note the almost regular increase in the length of the indented sections. VIII, 181) calls this poem rhythmically ein uni)crgleicf)Urfe^ ^etftcrmer! 2)cr r^t^t^* mifc^e 53au (ift) in feinem berfc^iebenen ©angc unb %om mi ira^r* l^aft fifjopferifc^cr ^raft unb too Uiger Unabl;dngigfeit toon aller iibcrlic* ferung in ben ®ien[t be^j fturmifc^ h}ed;felnben ^nf)alt§ geftellt.
Baird sc'h Tller'S poems SELECTED AND EDITED WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES JOHN SCHOLTE NOLLEN Professor of German in Indiana University NEW YORK HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY Copyright, 1905, BY HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY. ^uttn, of Pomona College, late of Iowa College, the editor inscribes tbis edilion of a poet in wbose life and works there is always an " etbtcal core ". To dignify this personality as much as possible, to refine it until it attains the purest and noblest humanity, this must be his first and para- mount concern, before he may venture to appeal to the sympathy of worthy men." Schiller himself bears triumphantly this severe test, which he applied with excessive rigor to an older contemporary in his review of Biirger's lyric poetry. But there was another reason than apparent modesty for this show of anonymity.
The purpose of the iutroduction and annotation of this volume is to elucidate the nature and the growth of Schiller as a lyric poet. 9), well repre- sents the natural tendency of Schiller's imagination to attempt compassing the illimitable. Quite different is the use of nature in the Morgenphantasie (No. The "war of frogs and mice" alludes to the Batraeho- myomachy, ^ parody on the Iliad, formerly attributed to No.
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