Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Hölderlin$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David Constantine

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198157885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198157885.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 July 2019

Tübingen, 1788–1793

Tübingen, 1788–1793

Chapter:
(p.18) 2 Tübingen, 1788–1793
Source:
Hölderlin
Author(s):

David Constantine

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198157885.003.0002

In October 1788, Friedrich Hölderlin's year left Maulbronn and entered the seminary in Tübingen. In the first term away he visited Louise Nast and effusive letters went to and fro. They were intending to marry; but the engagement was broken off — by mutual agreement. There is more to say about Hölderlin's failure ever to find domestic peace and quiet; but what concerns this chapter is his own explanation of his characteristic restlessness. He was a poor match, he told Louise, because he was chronically melancholic, and the cause of his melancholy was unsatisfied ambition. Even in his earliest poetry the most serious of the more personal themes was that of poetic ambition. From the start Hölderlin wanted nothing so much as he wanted success in poetry. Hölderlin did not much enjoy his five years in the Stift; and evidence from elsewhere of the life in that institution makes his discontent understandable.

Keywords:   Friedrich Hölderlin, Tübingen, Louise Nast, melancholy, poetry, personal themes, poetic ambition, Stift

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .