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NATURE AND THE HOLY: On Heidegger's Interpretation of Hölderlin's Hymn "Wie wenn am Feiertage"

NATURE AND THE HOLY: On Heidegger's Interpretation of Hölderlin's Hymn "Wie wenn am Feiertage" 225 NATURE AND THE HOLY: On Heidegger's Interpretation of Hölderlin's Hymn "Wie wenn am Feiertage" ANDRÉ SCHUWER Duquesne University In his essay "H61derlin and das Wesen der Dichtung" Heidegger undertakes to indicate the essence of poetry solely through consideration of H61derlin's work. Thus he begins the essay by asking: Why Hblderlin? Why his work alone and not also that of Homer, Sophocles, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, or Goethe? He answers: H61derlin has been chosen, not because his work, as one among many, realizes the universal essence of poetry, but solely because Hblderfin's poetry is borne by the poetic determination expressly to poetize the essence of poetry. For us, H61derlin is in a pre-eminent sense the poet of the poet, 1 It is because Holderlin is the poet of the poet that Heidegger takes "the risk of bringing the poetizing word of Holderlin into the realm of thinking."2 In the same essay Heidegger refers to the poem "Wie wenn am Feiertage" as "the purest poetry of the essence of poetry" (HD, 44). By 'Martin Heidegger, Eriduterungen zu H51derlins Dichtung (Frankfurt a.M. : Vittorio Klostermann, 19714), p. 34. Hereafter "HD." 2Heidegger, "Was Heisst Denken?" in Vortrage und Aufsätze (Pfullingen: Ggnther Neske, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

NATURE AND THE HOLY: On Heidegger's Interpretation of Hölderlin's Hymn "Wie wenn am Feiertage"

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 7 (1): 225 – Jan 1, 1977

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© 1977 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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225 NATURE AND THE HOLY: On Heidegger's Interpretation of Hölderlin's Hymn "Wie wenn am Feiertage" ANDRÉ SCHUWER Duquesne University In his essay "H61derlin and das Wesen der Dichtung" Heidegger undertakes to indicate the essence of poetry solely through consideration of H61derlin's work. Thus he begins the essay by asking: Why Hblderlin? Why his work alone and not also that of Homer, Sophocles, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, or Goethe? He answers: H61derlin has been chosen, not because his work, as one among many, realizes the universal essence of poetry, but solely because Hblderfin's poetry is borne by the poetic determination expressly to poetize the essence of poetry. For us, H61derlin is in a pre-eminent sense the poet of the poet, 1 It is because Holderlin is the poet of the poet that Heidegger takes "the risk of bringing the poetizing word of Holderlin into the realm of thinking."2 In the same essay Heidegger refers to the poem "Wie wenn am Feiertage" as "the purest poetry of the essence of poetry" (HD, 44). By 'Martin Heidegger, Eriduterungen zu H51derlins Dichtung (Frankfurt a.M. : Vittorio Klostermann, 19714), p. 34. Hereafter "HD." 2Heidegger, "Was Heisst Denken?" in Vortrage und Aufsätze (Pfullingen: Ggnther Neske,

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Published: Jan 1, 1977

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