Walter Benjamin's sonnets, written to mourn his friend Fritz Heinle, constitute an important though little-known part of the philosopher's literary achievement and a unique contribution to the history of the German sonnet.


Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: Publication Studio Hudson

ISBN: 9781624620812

Page: 394

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Walter Benjamin's sonnets, written to mourn his friend Fritz Heinle, constitute an important though little-known part of the philosopher's literary achievement and a unique contribution to the history of the German sonnet. Benjamin would add to their number over a decade, having begun his project soon after the outbreak of World War I and the suicide of his friend. They were among the writings that Benjamin, forced to flee France, entrusted to Georges Bataille in 1940 for safekeeping. Here, for the first time, readers of English are offered translations of all 73 "Heinle sonnets" along with the original German text and an extensive commentary. The Introductory Essay examines the poems' biographical context as well as Benjamin's bold approach to sonnet writing. These poems weave the deeply personal together with Benjamin's evolving religious and philosophical perspective--shedding new light on the emergence of the man and the thinker.

The Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin David S. Ferris, Ferris David S. ... Benjamin's sonnets are readily available in German , in addition to the Gesammelte Schriften ...

The Cambridge Companion to Walter Benjamin

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521797245

Page: 247

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This Companion offers a comprehensive introduction to the thought of the highly influential twentieth-century critic and theorist Walter Benjamin. The volume provides examinations of the different aspects of Benjamin's work that have had a significant effect on contemporary critical and historical thought. Topics discussed by experts in the field include Benjamin's relation to the avant-garde movements of his time, his theories on language and mimesis, modernity, his significance and relevance to modern cultural studies, and his autobiographical writings. Additional material includes a guide to further reading and a chronology.

Walter Benjamin

Benjamin's sonnets are printed in GS, 7:27–67. They were composed ca. 1913–1922, though the dating is uncertain. Missac himself thinks that Bataille in 1945 ...

Walter Benjamin

Author: Howard Eiland

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674726200

Page: 765

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Walter Benjamin was perhaps the twentieth century's most elusive intellectual. His writings defy categorization, and his improvised existence has proven irresistible to mythologizers. In a major new biography, Howard Eiland and Michael Jennings present a comprehensive portrait of the man and his times, as well as extensive commentary on his work.

Walter Benjamin

When Walter didn't respond to the maid's repeated knocking, I left without any supper ... My sonnet for Benjamin's birthday was my only foray into language.

Walter Benjamin

Author: Gershom Scholem

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1590175735

Page: 328

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Gershom Scholem is celebrated as the twentieth century’s most profound student of the Jewish mystical tradition; Walter Benjamin, as a master thinker whose extraordinary essays mix the revolutionary, the revelatory, and the esoteric. Scholem was a precocious teenager when he met Benjamin, who became his close friend and intellectual mentor. His account of that relationship—which was to remain crucial for both men—is both a celebration of his friend’s spellbinding genius and a lament for the personal and intellectual self-destructiveness that culminated in Benjamin’s suicide in 1940. At once prickly and heartbroken, argumentative and loving, Walter Benjamin: The Story of a Friendship is an absorbing memoir with the complication of character and motive of a novel. As Scholem revisits the passionate engagements over Marxism and Kabbala, Europe and Palestine that he shared with Benjamin, it is as if he sought to summon up his lost friend’s spirit again, to have the last word in the argument that might have saved his life.

Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition

But Heinle's suicide precipitated the end of Benjamin's engagement in the ... for Benjamin lies in his composition of seventy-three sonnets to his dead ...

Walter Benjamin and the Antinomies of Tradition

Author: John McCole

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501728679

Page: 352

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Few modern thinkers have been as convinced of the necessity of recovering the past in order to redeem the present as Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). Benjamin at once mourned and celebrated what he took to be an inevitable liquidation of traditional culture, and his determination to think both of these attitudes through to their conclusions lends his work its peculiar honesty, along with its paradoxical, antinomial coherence. In a landmark interpretation of the whole of Benjamin's career, John McCole demonstrates a way of understanding Benjamin that both contextualizes and addresses the complexities and ambiguities of his texts. Working with Pierre Bourdieu's concept of the "intellectual field," McCole traces Benjamin's deep ambivalence about cultural tradition through the longterm project-an immanent critique of German idealist and romantic aesthetics-which unites his writings. McCole builds a sustained reading of Benjamin's intellectual development which sheds new light on the formative role of early influences—particularly his participation in the pre-World War I German youth movement and the orthodox discourse of German intellectual culture—and shows how Benjamin later extended the strategies he learned within these contexts during key encounters with Weimar modernism, surrealism, and the fiction of Proust. The fullest account of Benjamin available in English, this lucid and penetrating book will be welcomed by intellectual historians, literary theorists and critics, historians of German literature, and Continental philosophers.

Greetings From Angelus

(Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011) Walter Benjamin, ... 1996) Walter Benjamin, Sonnets, translated and with commentary by Carl Skoggard (Quebec: ...

Greetings From Angelus

Author: Gershom Scholem

Publisher: Archipelago

ISBN: 0914671987

Page: 170

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A bilingual collection of poetry from pioneering scholar in Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism, Gershom Scholem. With this volume, Scholem's work reaches beyond the confines of the academy and enters a literary dialogue with writers and philosophers like Walter Benjamin and Hans Jonas. Gershom Scholem's Greetings From Angelus contains dark, lucid political poems about Zionism and assimilation, parodies of German and Jewish philosophers, and poems to writers and friends such as Walter Benjamin, Hans Jonas, Ingeborg Bachmann, S. Y. Agnon, among others. The earliest poems in this volume begin in 1915 and extend to 1967, revealing how poetry played a formative role in Scholem's early life and career. This collection is translated by Richard Sieburth, who comments, "Scholem's acts of poetry still speak to us (and against us) to this very day, simultaneously grounded as they are in the impossibly eternal and profoundly occasional." The volume is edited and introduced by Steven M. Wasserstrom, who carefully situates the poems in Scholem's historical, biographical, and theological landscape. One of the greatest scholars of the twentieth century, Gershom Scholem virtually created the subject of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. Literature played a crucial role in his life, especially in his formative years. This bilingual volume contains his dark, shockingly prescient poems about Zionism, his parodies of German and Jewish philosophers, and poems to other writers, notably a series of powerful lyrics addressed over the course of years to his closest and oldest friend, Walter Benjamin. Translator Richard Sieburth comments, “Scholem’s acts of poetry still speak to us (and against us) to this very day, grounded as they are in the impossibly eternal and profoundly occasional.”

Walter Benjamin

Benjamin comments: 'what this sonnet communicates is simply this: far from experiencing the crowd as an opposed, an-tagonistic element, this very crowd ...

Walter Benjamin

Author: Graeme Gilloch

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745666663

Page: 316

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The works of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) are widely acclaimed as being among the most original and provocative writings of twentieth-century critical thought, and have become required reading for scholars and students in a range of academic disciplines. This book provides a lucid introduction to Benjamin's oeuvre through a close and sensitive reading not only of his major studies, but also of some of his less familiar essays and fragments. Gilloch offers an original interpretation of, and fresh insights into, the continuities between Benjamin's always demanding and seemingly disparate texts. Gilloch's book will be of particular interest to students and scholars in social theory, literary theory, cultural and media studies and urban studies who are seeking a sophisticated yet readable overview of Benjamin's work. It will also prove rewarding reading for those already well-versed in Benjaminian thought.

Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht

Apart from Devotions for the Home, he was particularly concerned with the Reader For Those Who Live In Cities, poems from Mahagonny, the series of sonnets ...

Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht

Author: Erdmut Wizisla

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300156448

Page: 279

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Erdmut Wizisla's groundbreaking work explores for the first time the important friendship between Walter Benjamin, the acclaimed critic and literary theorist, and Bertolt Brecht, one of the twentieth century's most influential theater artists and poets, during the crucial interwar years in Berlin. From the first meeting between Benjamin and Brecht to their experiences in exile, the events in this friendship are illuminated by personal correspondence, journal entries, and notes--including previously unpublished materials--from the friends' electric discussions of shared projects. In addition to exploring correspondence between the two, Wizisla presents documents by colleagues who shaped and shaded their relationship, including Margarete Steffin, Theodor Adorno, and Hannah Arendt. Wizisla shows us the fascinating ideological exchanges between Benjamin and Brecht, including the first account of Berlin Marxist journal planned for 1931. The Minutes of its meetings record the involvement of Benjamin and Brecht, and offer a window onto the discussions on literature and politics that took place under the increasing threat of the German left's political defeat. Wizisla's examination of the friendship between Benjamin and Brecht, two artists at the height of their creative powers during a time of great political crisis, throws light on nearly two decades of European intellectual life.

Lament in Jewish Thought

217 Allsonnets by Walter Benjaminare included in GS7.1, 27–67, and in Benjamin 1986; the English translations here are my own. The Paris manuscript of the ...

Lament in Jewish Thought

Author: Ilit Ferber

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110395312

Page: 370

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Lament, mourning, and the transmissibility of a tradition in the aftermath of destruction are prominent themes in Jewish thought. The corpus of lament literature, building upon and transforming the biblical Book of Lamentations, provides a unique lens for thinking about the relationships between destruction and renewal, mourning and remembrance, loss and redemption, expression and the inexpressible. This anthology features four texts by Gershom Scholem on lament, translated here for the first time into English. The volume also includes original essays by leading scholars, which interpret Scholem’s texts and situate them in relation to other Weimar-era Jewish thinkers, including Walter Benjamin, Franz Rosenzweig, Franz Kafka, and Paul Celan, who drew on the textual traditions of lament to respond to the destruction and upheavals of the early twentieth century. Also included are studies on the textual tradition of lament in Judaism, from biblical, rabbinic, and medieval lamentations to contemporary Yemenite women’s laments. This collection, unified by its strong thematic focus on lament, shows the fruitfulness of studying contemporary and modern texts alongside the traditional textual sources that informed them.

War and Remembrance in the Twentieth Century

In the quarter - century that followed the initial trauma , ended only by his own suicide in 1940 , Benjamin composed seventythree unpublished sonnets ...

War and Remembrance in the Twentieth Century

Author: Jay Winter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521794367

Page: 260

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Collaborative volume examining how wars have been remembered in Europe, America and the Middle East.

The Benjamin Sonnets

Poetry. THE BENJAMIN SONNETS is a series of poems created through a process of "homophonic" translation from German writings by Walter Benjamin.

The Benjamin Sonnets

Author: Clint Burnham

Publisher: Bookthug


Page: 60

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Poetry. THE BENJAMIN SONNETS is a series of poems created through a process of "homophonic" translation from German writings by Walter Benjamin. They are ridiculous, but only in the sense that things unexpected and wonderful can be ridiculous. "I once sat for about 120 minutes in a film by Mizoguchi in Japanese without subtitles; after 15 minutes every word had a meaning, the entire dialog seemed to be in a patois composed from German, Spanish, French, Greek and English components. I understood it, but its light, ironic nonsense contradicted hilariously with the solemn acts on the court of some Shogun which was the content of the images. I have never felt like this again, except under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs, until I read Clint Burnham's BENJAMIN SONNETS, except that the backdrop here was not some aristocratic Japanese scenery, but Berlin. Benjamin himself has felt like this when, under the influence of something, he saw Venice in the upper Kurfuestentstrasse. Architecture and language, once you're able to forget or not know how to speak it, always make their own sense"--Diedrich Diedrichsen.

The Art of Shakespeare s Sonnets

“Introduction to Walter Benjamin's The Concept of Art Criticism in the German Romantics.” Studies in Romanticism 31 (Winter 1992): 421–432.

The Art of Shakespeare   s Sonnets

Author: Helen Vendler

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674088603

Page: 692

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Helen Vendler, widely regarded as our most accomplished interpreter of poetry, here serves as an incomparable guide to some of the best-loved poems in the English language. In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems, pointing out not only new levels of import in particular lines, but also the ways in which the four parts of each sonnet work together to enact emotion and create dynamic effect.

Rilke s Sonnets to Orpheus

On “what is meant” and “the way of meaning it,” see Walter Benjamin, “The Task of the Translator” in Selected Writings, vol.

Rilke s Sonnets to Orpheus

Author: Hannah Vandegrift Eldridge

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190685433

Page: 224

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Written in three weeks of creative inspiration, Rainer Maria Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus (1923) is well known for its enigmatic power and lyrical intensity. The essays in this volume forge a new path in illuminating the philosophical significance of this late masterpiece. Contributions illustrate the unique character and importance of the Sonnets, their philosophical import, as well as their significant connections to the Duino Elegies (completed in the same period). The volume features eight essays by philosophers, literary critics, and Rilke scholars, which approach a number of the central themes and motifs of the Sonnets as well as the significance of their formal and technical qualities. An introductory essay (co-authored by the editors) situates the book in the context of philosophical poetics, the reception of Rilke as a philosophical poet, and the place of the Sonnets in Rilke's oeuvre. Above all, this volume's premise is that an interdisciplinary approach to poetry and, more specifically, to Rilke's Sonnets, can facilitate crucial insights with the potential to expand the horizons of philosophy and criticism. Essays elucidate the relevance of the Sonnets to such wide-ranging topics as phenomenology and existentialism, hermeneutics and philosophy of language, philosophy of mythology, metaphysics, Modernist aesthetics, feminism, ecocriticism, animal ethics, and the philosophy of technology.

The Best of Rilke

It should also be noted that Rilke wrote no sonnets at all prior to the New ... Walter Benjamin and Paul Celan turn to the sonnets of such precursor poets ...

The Best of Rilke

Author: Rainer Maria Rilke

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9780874514612

Page: 187

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Poems deal with religion, nature, poverty, time, mortality, myths, art, and travel

On Malice

The sonnets source vocabulary from Walter Benjamin's records of his son's language acquisition between the ages of two and six (Walter Benjamin's Archive: ...

On Malice

Author: Ken Babstock

Publisher: Coach House Books

ISBN: 1552453049

Page: 96

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On Malice is watching you—new poems about and by surveillance, from Griffin-winning Ken Babstock.

Selected Writings 1938 1940

Walter Benjamin Marcus Paul Bullock, Michael William Jennings, Howard Eiland, ... Benjamin's sonnets are printed in his Gesammelte Schriften, vol.

Selected Writings  1938 1940

Author: Walter Benjamin

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674010765

Page: 477

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Selections from the canon of Walter Benjamin focus on history, technology, and the nature of modernism, in essays on Charles Baudelaire, the crisis of meaning in the modern world, the value of the written word, and other topics. (Philosophy)

Walter Benjamin

With this concept Benjamin thus ensures continuity within the hierarchy of ... in the first of his cycle of fifty sonnets addressed to Fritz Heinle and Rika ...

Walter Benjamin

Author: Bernd Witte

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814320181

Page: 226

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This book provides readers with the opportunity to survey the facts surrounding Benjamin's life and assess the interpretations of his texts.

Mikhail Bakhtin and Walter Benjamin

... in the sonnet which forms a central pillar of Benjamin's interpretation of Baudelaire: 'À une Passante':43 La rue assourdissante autour de moi hurlait.

Mikhail Bakhtin and Walter Benjamin

Author: T. Beasley-Murray

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023058960X

Page: 223

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This first comparative study of the philosophers and literary critics, Walter Benjamin and Mikhail Bakhtin, focuses on the two thinkers' conceptions of experience and form, investigating parallels between Bakhtin's theories of responsibility, dialogue, and the novel, and Benjamin's theories of translation, montage, allegory, and the aura.