The Dear ( le tout cher )

The Dear ( le tout cher ) Mon coeur est un luth suspendu, Sitôt qu'on le touche, il résonne. -- Pierre-Jean de Béranger, II, 2151 Glänzende Götterlüfte Rühren euch leicht, Wie die Finger der Künstlerin Heilige Saiten. -- Friedrich Hölderlin, Sämtliche Werke I, 744 2 I "Mein Karl!" Friedrich Hölderlin writes to his half brother from Hauptwil in March 1801, "I feel we no longer love one another as before and have not done for a long time, and this is my fault. I was the first to introduce the cold tone" (Werke 897/Essays 198).3 Already several themes are introduced. A provisional outline of some of them will help to separate several layers that have been merged. Once we have worked on them a bit--a lighter note here, a warmer tone there, an increase in emphasis or contrast elsewhere--we may merge them again. The first concerns the relation of address. Someone addresses another. We need not assume that this layer identifies a genre, although a corresponding layer, under the rubric of genre, would signal an epistolary tradition to which Hölderlin was acutely sensitive. But taken independently of the epistolary tradition, the structure of this address to a friend and brother takes shape as indispensable for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png SubStance University of Wisconsin Press

The Dear ( le tout cher )

SubStance, Volume 40 (3) – Nov 5, 2011

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Mon coeur est un luth suspendu, Sitôt qu'on le touche, il résonne. -- Pierre-Jean de Béranger, II, 2151 Glänzende Götterlüfte Rühren euch leicht, Wie die Finger der Künstlerin Heilige Saiten. -- Friedrich Hölderlin, Sämtliche Werke I, 744 2 I "Mein Karl!" Friedrich Hölderlin writes to his half brother from Hauptwil in March 1801, "I feel we no longer love one another as before and have not done for a long time, and this is my fault. I was the first to introduce the cold tone" (Werke 897/Essays 198).3 Already several themes are introduced. A provisional outline of some of them will help to separate several layers that have been merged. Once we have worked on them a bit--a lighter note here, a warmer tone there, an increase in emphasis or contrast elsewhere--we may merge them again. The first concerns the relation of address. Someone addresses another. We need not assume that this layer identifies a genre, although a corresponding layer, under the rubric of genre, would signal an epistolary tradition to which Hölderlin was acutely sensitive. But taken independently of the epistolary tradition, the structure of this address to a friend and brother takes shape as indispensable for

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