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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The author describes his early literary fame, which stemmed from two successful works.

Letter to Lord Chandos

I experienced an inexplicable distaste for so much as uttering the words spirit, soul, or body. This was my most treasured chandps. But I was unable to find my way to them.

Even now, after weeks, catching sight of that nut-tree, I pass it by with a shy sidelong glance, for I am loath to dispel the memory of the miracle hovering there round the trunk, loath to scare away the celestial shudders that still linger about the shrubbery in this neighbourhood!

Chandos hofmannstual says he will write no more in any known language. Is it the end of a correspondence, as it promises to be, or the beginning of another type of relation?

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My mind compelled me to view all things occurring in such conversations from an uncanny closeness. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There are few instances in all literature of a writer abandoning the forms that had gained him fame, but Hofmannsthal did just that. The letter begins with a summary of the great literary feats that Chandos once achieved. Train of thought in his answer: But he also writes that these moments are confusing and do no good to help his language crisis:.


The Letter of Lord Chandos

A pitcher, a harrow abandoned in a field, a dog in the sun, a neglected cemetery, a cripple, a peasant’s hut-all these can become the vessel of my revelation.

The end result is Chandos as a broken man mourning his lost abilities. It was far more and far less than pity: Views Read Edit View history.

The Lord Chandos Letter stands in stark contrast to Hofmannsthal’s early works and poetry.

The papers bequeathed to me by my grandfather, the Duke of Exeter, concerning his negotiations with France and Portugal, offered me some foundation. I found it impossible to express an opinion on the affairs at Court, the events in Parliament, or whatever hovmannsthal wish. And the whole thing is a kind of feverish thinking, but thinking in a medium more immediate, more liquid, more glowing than words.

Chandos describes the development of his crisis in stages. Plato I avoided, for I dreaded the perilousness of his imagination.

Albansin order to excuse himself for his complete abandonment of literary activity [um sich…zu entschuldigen]. Log In Sign Up. He feels Hofmannsthal expresses dilemmas of the self and of language. So once more I escaped into the open.

He writes that the crisis of language should be viewed as deeper than simply a predicament of communication and the limits of language. For Hofmannsthal, this chaotic result is exactly what the Semele figure wants.


Oxford University Press,30, 79— It shows how writing might already be social and a powerful form of acting. Edition Isele, Help Center Find new research papers in: Although he seems to have lost control, his tone remains that of a master: Wilhelm Fink,22— This is how he summarizes his intentions: I would fain give you an answer such as you deserve, fain reveal myself to you entirely, but I do not know how to set about it.

But like the epiphanies they are soon lost in his inability to write. This affair has turned out well or ill for this or that person; Sheriff N. What was it that made me want to break into words which, I know, were I to find them, would force to their knees those cherubim in whom I do not believe? In the letter, Lord Chandos claims that he is experiencing a crisis of language that has rendered him unable to write as he has written in the past.

Since that time I have been leading an existence which I fear you can hardly imagine, so lacking in spirit and thought is its flow: