März Wann wurde der Brief geschrieben? Wer war Hugo von Hofmannsthal? Wer war Francis Bacon? Was beinhaltet der Brief? Wie wird die. by Aaron Steiner. “The Letter of Lord Chandos” is a fictional letter written by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The work was published under the title “Ein Brief” (“A. Long recognized as one of the defining texts of literary Modernism, Hofmannsthal’s “Ein Brief” (“The Letter of Lord Chandos”) remains a very.

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Albansin order to excuse himself for his complete abandonment of literary activity vhandos sich…zu entschuldigen]. Although he had continued to produce major works of lyric poetry and drama in …, after he wrote no more lyric dramas, and only a small handful of poems.

Chandos has abandoned all future written projects, which he once proposed with exuberance, because of his inability to express himself in a meaningful fashion. Michael Morton, another critic, views the crisis reflected in The Lord Chandos Letter as a set of predicaments. In another comparative reading, Chandos would be feminine and like the Semele character in his destructive demand for complete knowledge and self-revelation. Since language is used to express thought, he concludes that the crisis examined by Hofmannsthal should be seen as one of cognition in addition to one of language; he asserts that Chandos is unable to write clearly because he is unable to think clearly.

He then bluntly describes his current state: Was the letter ever sent? Plato I avoided, for I dreaded the perilousness of his imagination. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

And could I, brieg otherwise I am still the same person, have lost from my inner inscrutable self all traces and scars of this creation of my most intensive thinking-lost hotmannsthal so completely that in your letter now lying before me the title of my short treatise stares at me strange and cold?

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With the transition to an industrial society, forms and manners of expression previously deemed effective were no longer capable of articulating the thoughts and ideas of Viennese society. Camden House, As soon, however, as this strange enchantment falls from me, I find myself confused; wherein this harmony transcending me and the entire world consisted, and how it made itself known to me, I could present in sensible words as little as I could say anything precise about the inner movements of my intestines or a congestion of my blood If language can no longer be magic, then at least it can achieve more mundane effects, as the expression of thanks, as the offering of an excuse.


If the problem that arises from his crisis is the inability to reach into the depths of the world and present his findings, then such a speech act might offer a solution. University of Chicago Press,34— How shall I try to describe to you these strange spiritual torments, this rebounding of the fruit-branches above my outstretched hands, this recession of the murmuring stream from my thirsting lips?

He describes these instances as the highlight of his existence one example is a detailed, sensory description of the death of cellar rats.

It would be too much to possess you completely and at all times: Oxford University Press,30, 79— He states that he experienced a heightened consciousness in regular conversation: The whole work was to have been entitled Nosce te ipsum.

They make a date for his self-revelation, and the Semele figure finds the poet consumed by the power of his own words: He has reached a crisis point in his career concerning language and its ability to adequately express the human experience. Hofmannsthsl terms of the utility of language, Morton presents the tension between ideas being built around language rather than vice chqndos, language attempting to have more power than it is meant to have, and language trying to explain ideas and truths above its briwf.

Letter to Lord Chandos

Although Chandos never presents his letter as an apology or even as a successful offering of gratitude, the preface does its best to chzndos an interpretation of the letter as what J. These mute and, on occasion, inanimate creatures rise toward me with such an abundance, such a presence of love, that my enchanted eye can find nothing in sight void of life. This was my most treasured plan.


Oxford University Press,— This page was last edited on 4 Julyat None of them, standing with doffed cap before the door of his house while I ride by of an evening, will have any idea that my glance, which he is wont respectfully to catch, glides with longing over chandox rickety boards under which he searches for earthworms for fishing-bait; that it plunges through the latticed window into the stuffy chamber where, in a corner, the low bed with its chequered linen seems forever to be waiting for someone to die or another to be born; that bief eye lingers long upon the ugly puppies or upon a cat stealing stealthily among the flower-pots; and that it seeks among all the poor and clumsy objects of a peasant’s life for the one whose insignificant form, whose brieg being, whose mute existence, can become the source of that mysterious, wordless, and boundless ecstasy.

Next, he lost the function to make everyday conversation regarding opinions or judgments.

Such religious ideas, however, have no power over me: While it is fiction, many critics view the letter as a partly autobiographical document. For Hofmannsthal, this chaotic result is exactly what the Semele figure wants. As once, through a magnifying hofmanjsthal, I had seen a piece of skin on my little finger look like a field full of holes and furrows, so I now perceived human beings and their actions.

For Chandos, this means showing his relation to rats as well as his gratitude. Since that time I hofmannthal been leading an existence which I fear you can hardly imagine, so lacking in spirit and thought is its flow: