Novalis

(1772 - 1801 / Germany)

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  • Ingeborg Von Finsterwalde (7/12/2012 9:17:00 AM)

    I agree Jacqui, there is nothing more romantic than his novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen about the search for the Blue Flower, a symbol that became an emblem for the whole of German Romanticism. He died at an young age 28 years.

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  • Jacqui Thewless (7/15/2009 5:13:00 PM)

    Novalis was the second major poetic influence in my biography. The first was Dylan Thomas (whose poetry I discovered when I was 12 yrs old) . I was almost 19 when I discovered 'Henry Von Ofterdingen' and 'Hymns to The Night'. I wonder that these works are not more well-loved by young people today.

Hymns to the Night : 3

Once when I was shedding bitter tears, when, dissolved in pain, my hope was melting away, and I stood alone by the barren mound which in its narrow dark bosom hid the vanished form of my life -- lonely as never yet was lonely man, driven by anxiety unspeakable -- powerless, and no longer anything but a conscious misery. -- As there I looked about m

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