11 February 2012

"Do not panic," writes my German literature prof to the class, "like I am beginning to do. Remember I am at home, thinking of you."
He sent letters written by Novalis to his fifteen year old beloved, as she lay dying. Novalis wrote in some tricked out German, creating neologisms and an idiosyncratic grammar. A dictionary is therefore not very revealing. I am using Dick Higgins' translation to the "Hymns to the Night," which preserves Novalis' modern cadence with the German on facing pages. 

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