Writers discussed include Walther von der Vogelweide
, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gottfried Keller, Franz Kafka, and Sigfried Lenz, as well as 21st-century novelists Daniel Kehlmann and Christian Kracht.
Walther himself, the descendant of one of Germany's greatest medieval poets, Walther von der Vogelweide
, initially rejects the prize of admission to the Guild of the Mastersingers, but Hans Sachs' great peroration of faithfulness to German culture persuades him to accede - and with the hand of Eva at his side.
A local or regional connection runs through eight essays which are variously devoted to Konrad von Wurzburg, Walther von der Vogelweide
, and Hans Sachs, and to the image of Franconia in medieval German literature.
The poems "that we shall examine here are of Dietmar von Eist, Heinrich voe Monmgen and Walther von der Vogelweide
Contemplating Antigone's fate, the speaker does not retreat into eternity but insists on the living paradoxes of shame and honor, and at the end of the poem, by far the book's longest, insists that "In the light of such awakening / the poetry reveals itself / as an open door to the beyond / and as the essential spine of the world." In "An Afternoon" Osojnik's speaker stands, like Stevens's, beside the sea, whose "immense substance tenses with / the density of the round horizon," thinking of Walther von der Vogelweide
Walther von der Vogelweide
, Hoffmann von Fallersleben and the 'Song of the Germans'"; Roger Simpson, "St.
Hoffmann in Text + Kritik, uber Halldor Laxness und Arnold Zweig in den Weimarer Beitragen, wieder andere erschienen als Features im Rundfunk (Voltaire, Brecht, Einstein), als Beitrage zu Buchpublikationen (Gerhart Hauptmann, Lion Feuchtwanger, Robert Musil, Walther von der Vogelweide
), in Zeitungen und noch anderen Druckwerken.
[of a lyric by Walther von der Vogelweide
, having said that `As a reader, I do not blush' (p.
Among his pupils was Walther von der Vogelweide
, who later became his rival.
The turning away from the public, external values of the courtly epics toward the inner, personal, emotional values of Tristan and Isolde is consistent with the wider cultural trends of the time: the new grace and sensitivity evident in the sculptures of the North Portal at Chartres, and the break with the conventions of courtly love in the later songs of Walther von der Vogelweide
, in whose poems we also find the development of an ideal of love in which physical consummation replaces the state of prolonged yearning which is the subject of the poetry of the earlier phase of courtly love.