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By Frederick Burwick, James C. McKusick

The foremost paintings of German literature, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust (1808), used to be translated into English via one in all Britain's such a lot able mediators of German literature and philosophy, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Goethe himself two times stated Coleridge's translation of his Faust. Goethe's personality wrestles with the very metaphysical and theological difficulties that preoccupied Coleridge: the that means of the emblems, the obvious competition of theism and pantheism. Coleridge, the poet of tormented guilt, of the demonic and the supernatural, chanced on himself on time-honored floor in translating Faust. simply because his translation unearths revisions and reworkings of Coleridge's prior works, his Faust contributes considerably to the knowledge of Coleridge's whole oeuvre. Coleridge begun, yet quickly deserted, the interpretation in 1814, returning to the duty in 1820. At Coleridge's personal insistence, it was once released anonymously in 1821, illustrated with 27 line engravings copied through Henry Moses after the unique plates by means of Moritz Retzsch. His writer, Thomas Boosey, introduced out one other version in 1824. even supposing numerous critics well-known that it used to be Coleridge's paintings, his function as translator used to be obscured as a result of its nameless book. Coleridge himself declared that he "never positioned pen to paper as translator of Faust", and next generations mistakenly attributed the interpretation to George Soane, a minor playwright, who had truly began translating for a rival press. This version of Coleridge's translation offers the textual and documentary proof of his authorship, and offers his paintings within the context of different modern efforts at translating Goethe's Faust.

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2 The young Marx also recognizes just as clearly what the other side of the coin of German developments is: As the ancient peoples went through their pre-history in imagination, in mythology, so we Germans have gone through our post-history in thought, in philosophy. We are philosophical contemporaries of the present without being its historical contemporaries. German philosophy is the ideal prolon­ gation of German history . . 3 The full substance of this characteristic of Germany's ideological condition can be applied to the German literature of the day.

All these works were unique, individual syntheses and could thus provide no basis for elaboration and continuation as was the case with literature in France, England or Russia, rooted as it was in the real life of society. The July Revolution heralded the end of the Kunstperiode, although this initially only took the shape of intensified ideological struggle, of a disintegration of the formal syntheses generated by the Enlightenment, Classicism and Romanticism . On the objective side, we can observe a stronger development of capitalism in Ger­ many and the slow but inexorable growth of the Zollverein (Cus­ toms' Union) , which formed the economic basis of a unified Germany.

Yet precisely this thematic related­ ness is well suited to illuminate the originality inherent in Kleist's conception. The difference is visible in the way the plot unravels. In Shakespeare, there is a real bloody feud between the two houses (Tybalt kills Mercurio, Romeo kills Tybalt, these acts ensuing di­ rectly from the family feud) . In Kleist, the murder - which the plot takes as its point of departure - is not the real result of a struggle between the two branches of the family, but is rather only perceived as such by those involved.

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