Die Zeit in Stefan Georges "Stern des Bundes"

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The time in Stefan George's "Star of the Confederation"

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] Berlin, February 1914: Georg Georges' book of poems "Der Stern des Bundes" is published by Georg Bondi Verlag. The social-historical situation is questionable: Germany, ruled by Wilhelm II, is characterized by an aggressive policy of industrialization and expansion. The life rhythms of the country are governed by a notion of progress that shows messianic nuances: the hope for a better life is no longer projected into another world, ie projected into the overcoming of the system but within the system itself. The perspective of ever greater production and the associated social emancipation leads us to conceive of time as a straight line, as an infinite succession of points that symbolize ever-better future moments. The "Star of the Covenant" puts this linear conception of time and, although indirectly, the capitalist system based on it up for discussion. In this sense, the book of poems proves to be a continuation of the "Seventh Ring" (1907), which strongly criticizes the present situation of the country and points to a perfection condemning cyclical repetition through the connection of the circular image with the number seven is. The time-cyclicity expressed in Georges work has not escaped academic research. Particularly relevant are Ernst Morwitz's hints and Georg Dörr's and Ludwig Lehnen's more detailed explanations. Nevertheless, their weight in the "Star of the Covenant" has not yet been thoroughly investigated. This is very strange, considering that in the summer of 1916, George quoted a verse from the book of poems in a conversation with Edith Landmann in order to clarify his conception of time. The present study intends to fill this gap and present the source of inspiration of the poet.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The time in Stefan George's "Star of the Confederation"
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)39-71
Number of pages33
JournalWIRKENDES WORT
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Concezione del tempo
  • Der Stern des Bundes
  • La stella dell'alleanza
  • Stefan George
  • Zeitauffassung

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