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The Poems of Schiller — First period   By: (1759-1805)

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In "The Poems of Schiller - First Period," Friedrich Schiller showcases his exceptional poetic talent and offers readers a glimpse into his early artistic development. As a collection of his earlier works, this compilation provides a valuable insight into the early stages of Schiller's creative journey, enabling readers to witness the transformation of his style and themes as his poetic voice evolves.

The poems in this volume encompass a wide range of subjects, exploring various aspects of the human condition, love, nature, and philosophical musings. Schiller's writing exudes a profound sense of emotion, rendering his verses not only aesthetically pleasing but also deeply thought-provoking. The reader becomes immersed in the poet's world, where emotions surge and intertwine with reflections on life's profound questions.

One of the notable strengths of this collection lies in Schiller's mastery of language and imagery. His use of vivid metaphors and powerful symbolism brings an added layer of depth to his poems, evoking emotions and stirring the imagination. Whether describing the beauty of the natural world or expressing the intensity of human passion, Schiller's words paint evocative pictures that linger in the reader's mind.

Moreover, Schiller's exploration of universal themes makes his poetry enduring and relatable despite the time that has passed since their creation. His reflections on love, longing, and the ephemeral nature of life resonate with readers across generations, imparting a sense of timelessness to his work. Furthermore, his philosophical ponderings offer intellectual stimulation, inviting readers to engage with the ideas presented within the poems.

While "The Poems of Schiller - First Period" is undoubtedly a remarkable collection, a potential drawback lies in the complexity of Schiller's language and ideas. Some readers might find themselves grappling with the depth and intricacy of his verses, requiring a patient mind and an openness to explore the nuances of his work. However, these challenges also offer an opportunity for intellectual growth and a deeper appreciation of the poet's skill.

In conclusion, "The Poems of Schiller - First Period" introduces readers to the early creative genius of Friedrich Schiller, showcasing his profound poetic talent and exploring a wide range of human experiences and philosophical reflections. As readers delve into the poet's world, they are immersed in a tapestry of emotions and thoughts, carried along by Schiller's eloquent language and profound imagery. This collection serves as a testament to Schiller's enduring appeal, captivating readers with his timeless exploration of universal themes.

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Hector and Andromache Amalia A Funeral Fantasie Fantasie To Laura To Laura at the Harpsichord Group from Tartarus Rapture To Laura To Laura (The Mystery of Reminiscence) Melancholy To Laura The Infanticide The Greatness of the World Fortune and Wisdom Elegy on the Death of a Young Man The Battle Rousseau Friendship Elysium The Fugitive To Minna The Flowers The Triumph of Love (A Hymn) To a Moralist Count Eberhard, the Groaner of Wurtemburg To the Spring Semele




[This and the following poem are, with some alterations, introduced in the Play of "The Robbers."]

ANDROMACHE. Will Hector leave me for the fatal plain, Where, fierce with vengeance for Patroclus slain, Stalks Peleus' ruthless son? Who, when thou glid'st amid the dark abodes, To hurl the spear and to revere the gods, Shall teach thine orphan one?

HECTOR. Woman and wife beloved cease thy tears; My soul is nerved the war clang in my ears! Be mine in life to stand Troy's bulwark! fighting for our hearths, to go In death, exulting to the streams below, Slain for my fatherland!

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