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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Chandos ultimately says he will write no more in any known language. Austin, Philosophical Papers Oxford: I saw their wonderful interplay rise before me like magnificent fountains upon which played golden balls.

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The European Imagination,trans. But why seek again for words which I have foresworn! Ja, ich vermag mich anders hinzugeben. It is then that I feel as though I myself were about to ferment, to effervesce, to foam and to sparkle.

Regarded by critics as one of the first primary texts of the modern era, prominent German literary critic Walter Jens has called the work the first text of the German literary revolution of the early 20th century. 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.

A reading inspired by Chandos could go much farther. He wanted the world to open chqndos to him, and it did, thereby taking from him the ability to speak coherently.


Chandos may have given up his apophtheg- matic project, but it still serves as an initiation into a new form of life that he seems to enjoy writing about.

cuandos Is it the end of a correspondence, as it promises to be, or the beginning of another type of relation? 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. Apart from these strange occurrences, which, incidentally, I hardly know whether to ascribe to the mind or the body, I live a life of barely believable vacuity, and have difficulties in concealing from my wife this inner stagnation, and from my servants the indifference wherewith I contemplate the affairs of my estates.

Then Chandos writes of his current mental state. They make a date for his self-revelation, and the Semele figure finds the poet consumed by the power of his own words: The author describes his early literary fame, which stemmed from two successful works.

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Log In Sign Up. An introduction to a recent anthology of essays on Hofmannsthal is exemplary of this perspective: Even now, after weeks, catching sight of that nut-tree, I pass it by with a shy sidelong glance, for I am loath to hofmansnthal 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!

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. However, these moments are brief in nature and once uofmannsthal have passed Chandos is incapable of expressing the insight he uncovered moments before. The letter begins with a summary of the great literary feats that Chandos once achieved. In the end, he abandoned the endeavor, and reached his current state of being.


Is the insistence on performativity literary? I planned to start an Apophthegmata, like that composed by Julius Caesar: What made me turn silently away from this place?

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: I would like, if it only were permitted me, to squeeze into the closing words of this, the last letter I expect I will write to Francis Bacon, all the love and gratitude, all the boundless admiration which I bear in my heart for the one who has done the most for my spirit—the foremost Englishman of my time—and which I will continue to bear in my heart until death makes it burst.

Through the harmony of their clearly defined and orderly ideas I hoped to regain my health.

The Letter of Lord Chandos

Like Semele, Bacon wants Chandos to reveal himself, if only to himself. Oxford University Press,30, 79— He feels Hofmannsthal expresses dilemmas of the self and of language. He has reached a crisis point in his career concerning language and its ability to adequately express the human experience.