Erläuterungen zu Hölderlins Dichtung

Elucidations of Hölderlin's Poetry

The first two entries—a 1943 address on the elegy “Homecoming/To the Kindred Ones” and a 1936 address on “Hölderlin and the Essence of Poetry”—were first published together in 1944. The enlarged, second edition in 1951 (the second major collection of essays published after the war) added a 1939 address on the poem “As When On a Holiday . . .” and a 1943 essay on the poem, “Commemoration.” The further, enlarged, fourth edition of 1971 adds the 1959 lecture “Hölderlin’s Earth and Heaven” and the 1968 lecture “The Poem.” GA 4 contains the 1971 edition along with some appendices; the entries often present condensed versions of earlier, subsequently published lectures (see GA 39, 52, 53). Illustrating the deep relatedness of poetry and thinking, these essays demonstrate how Hölderlin’s poetry establishes being in words, naming the holy and grounding a new beginning, through mourning the flight of the gods and experiencing the necessity of the remote and other in order to come close to what is one’s own.