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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Plot Summary Chandos Explains His State The work begins with a single introductory sentence, most likely the work of an editor, explaining that the letter, written by Lord Philip Chandos, son of the Earl of Bath, and addressed to Sir Francis Bacon, will apologize for a lack of literary activity. It might be a form of potlatch, meant to drive Bacon mad and reduce him to silence.

Ich und Du, so bricht schon das Chaos herein.

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 hofmaannsthal shudders that still linger about the shrubbery in this neighbourhood!

Fischer,— Recently, for instance, I had given the order for a copious supply of rat-poison to be scattered in the milk cellars of one of my dairy-farms.

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This 22 August, A. On the Chaos in Chandos: Camden House, At first I grew by degrees incapable of discussing a loftier or more general subject in terms of which everyone, fluently and without hesitation, is wont to avail himself.

But he also writes that these moments are confusing and do no good to help his language crisis:. But, my dear friend, worldly ideas also evade me in a like manner. As soon, however, as this strange enchantment falls from me, I find myself confused; wherein this hogmannsthal transcending me and the entire world consisted, and how it made itself known to me, I bridf present in sensible words as little as I could say anything precise about the inner movements of my intestines or a congestion of my blood But he also writes that these moments are confusing and do no good to help his language crisis: This is how he summarizes his intentions: It, too, forms whirlpools, but of a sort that do not seem to lead, as the whirlpools of language, into the abyss, but into myself and into the deepest womb of peace.


A great deal of the analysis of the work has focused on the apparent paradox that, despite claiming to be unable to write, the author composes a letter of considerable length and never fully explains the source of the crisis of language.

I tried to rescue myself from this plight by seeking refuge in the spiritual world of the Ancients. Help Center Find new research papers in: Although hofmannstnal had continued to produce major works of lyric poetry and drama in …, after he wrote no more lyric dramas, and only a small handful of poems.

Such religious ideas, however, have no power over me: So once more I escaped into the open. I longed to disappear in them and talk out of them with tongues.

Pantheon Books, He describes these instances as the highlight of hofmannstyal existence one example is a detailed, sensory description of the death of cellar rats. A reading inspired by Chandos could go much farther.

The Lord Chandos Letter stands in stark contrast to Hofmannsthal’s early works and poetry. There is admittedly something Chandos-like about these interpreta- tions that make texts into hieroglyphs that decode other hieroglyphic texts.

This failure of language has robbed him of self-confidence and creativity. 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? I cannot expect you to understand me without examples, and I must plead your indulgence for their absurdity.

Lastly he turned to the classics, works by Cicero and Senecain an attempt to cure his literary ailment but could make no sense of them and his condition continued to decline. To a person susceptible to such ideas, it might appear a well-designed plan of divine Providence that my mind should fall from such a state of inflated arrogance into this extreme of despondency and feebleness which is now the permanent condition of my inner self. I assure you, my friend, I carried this vision within me, and the vision of burning Carthage, too; but there was more, something more divine, more bestial; and it was the Present, the fullest, most exalted Present.


They make a date for his self-revelation, and the Semele figure finds the poet consumed by the power of his own words: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. New York Review of Books, translation modified. It shows how writing might already be social and a powerful form of acting.

That this work is fiction is reinforced by the fact that Hofmannsthal had a literary career past the publishing of The Lord Chandos Letterwhereas Lord Chandos promises never to compose again.

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The work begins with a single introductory sentence, most likely the work of an editor, explaining that the letter, written by Lord Philip Chandos, son of the Earl of Bath, and addressed to Sir Francis Bacon, will apologize for a lack of literary activity.

The letter begins with a summary of the great literary feats that Chandos once achieved. Chandos describes the development of his crisis in hofmsnnsthal. First came the loss hkfmannsthal the ability to conduct academic discourse on matters of morality or philosophy. The second conflict he sees in the work is a conflict regarding the functionality and usefulness of hofkannsthal.

Chandos writes that he finally turned to the works of Seneca and Cicero for refuge — and perhaps therapy — in an attempt to end his crisis, but was unable to make complete sense of those works.

In terms of the utility of language, Morton presents the tension between ideas being built around language rather than vice versa, language attempting to have more power than it is meant to have, and language trying to explain ideas and truths above its capabilities. With these I meant to combine the brilliant maxims and reflections from classical and Italian works, and anything else of intellectual adornment that appealed to me in books, in manuscripts or conversations; the arrangement, moreover, of particularly beautiful festivals and pageants, strange crimes and cases bruef madness, descriptions of the greatest and most characteristic architectural monuments in the Netherlands, in France and Italy; and many other bref.