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The Myth of Poetry: On Heidegger's "Hölderlin"

The Myth of Poetry: On Heidegger's "Hölderlin" The Myth of Poetry: On Heidegger's "Hölderlin" Andreas Grossmann, Donald F. Goodwin The Comparatist, Volume 28, May 2004, pp. 29-38 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.2004.0000 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/414791/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 10:57 GMT from JHU Libraries THE COMPAKATIST THE MYTH OF POETRY: ON HEIDEGGER'S "HÖLDERLIN" Andreas Grossmann Martin Heidegger closely associated his thought with poetry, especially Friedrich Hölderlin's. But where precisely can this connection be detect- ed? Why, as Hans-Georg Gadamer claimed, is "Hölderlin always at the center" of Heidegger's thought? (76ff, 81). To put the question in other terms, why did Heidegger regard thought as being brought to a decision in Hölderlin's poetry—a decision against what in his view was representational thinking and for an "other beginning" of thought? In my view, the dialogue that Heidegger envisioned with Hölderlin involves at key points the problem of myth. The fact that myth, superbly expressed in Hölderlin's poetry, "remains the most thoughtworthy thing,"as Heidegger puts it in Was heißt Denken? [What Is Called Think- ing?] (Vorträge 131), compels Heidegger to "draw Hölderlin's poetic lan- guage into the realm of thought" (132). Poetry and thinking thus gain an http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

The Myth of Poetry: On Heidegger's "Hölderlin"

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The Myth of Poetry: On Heidegger's "Hölderlin" Andreas Grossmann, Donald F. Goodwin The Comparatist, Volume 28, May 2004, pp. 29-38 (Article) Published by The University of North Carolina Press DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/com.2004.0000 For additional information about this article https://muse.jhu.edu/article/414791/summary Access provided at 18 Feb 2020 10:57 GMT from JHU Libraries THE COMPAKATIST THE MYTH OF POETRY: ON HEIDEGGER'S "HÖLDERLIN" Andreas Grossmann Martin Heidegger closely associated his thought with poetry, especially Friedrich Hölderlin's. But where precisely can this connection be detect- ed? Why, as Hans-Georg Gadamer claimed, is "Hölderlin always at the center" of Heidegger's thought? (76ff, 81). To put the question in other terms, why did Heidegger regard thought as being brought to a decision in Hölderlin's poetry—a decision against what in his view was representational thinking and for an "other beginning" of thought? In my view, the dialogue that Heidegger envisioned with Hölderlin involves at key points the problem of myth. The fact that myth, superbly expressed in Hölderlin's poetry, "remains the most thoughtworthy thing,"as Heidegger puts it in Was heißt Denken? [What Is Called Think- ing?] (Vorträge 131), compels Heidegger to "draw Hölderlin's poetic lan- guage into the realm of thought" (132). Poetry and thinking thus gain an

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