Anima, spirito e bellezza in “Der Stern des Bundes” di Stefan George

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Soul, spirit and beauty in Stefan George's “Der Stern des Bundes”

Gloria Colombo*

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] In Georgian poetry of maturity the relationship between stylistic beauty and spiritual beauty changes radically: stylistic refinement is no longer a choice ad arbitrium of the poet, but a necessity inherent in the content of the new verses, aimed at celebrating the splendor of the divine spirit and of the deepest part of the human soul, also called 'spirit'. This change of perspective develops hand in hand with the spread of the medieval mystical tradition in Germany. George takes an ambivalent attitude towards mysticism: if on the one hand he distances himself from it, since he relates it to all those investigations on the afterlife which, moving away from earthly life, threaten to empty human existence of meaning, from nothing else fails to express positive comments on the work of individual mystics, such as Meister Eckhart. This contribution focuses on the one hand on the Georgian collection in which the words 'anima' (understood as the background of the soul) and 'spirit' occur more frequently - The star of the alliance (Der Stern des Bundes, 1914) - and from 'more on some mystical sources almost completely ignored by Georgian critics, namely specific passages of the Eckhartian writings and the main work of the so-called "versificateur d'Eckhart": The cherubic pilgrim (Cherubinischer Wandersmann, 1675) by Angelus Silesius.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Soul, spirit and beauty in Stefan George's “Der Stern des Bundes”
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)560-571
Number of pages12
JournalHUMANITAS
VolumeLXXV
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Stefan George, Der Stern des Bundes, schöne Seele
  • Stefan George, La stella dell'alleanza, anima bella

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