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 Lord Chandos Letter – Wikipedia
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.
The author of the letter is the fictional Lord Chandos, who writes to Sir Francis Bacon about a crisis of language. In the letter, Lord Chandos claims that he is experiencing a crisis of language that has chanros him unable hofmannstthal write hovmannsthal he has written in the past. 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.
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. Chandos, age 26, claims that he has been silent for hofmannsthwl years, having previously established himself as a writer as early as age The author describes his early literary fame, which stemmed from two successful works.
He then bluntly hofmannsghal his current state: Chandos bdief the stages that have led to his current state, beginning with an inability to speak on matters of philosophy or morality. Then, he writes, he became unable to express opinions or judgments in regular conversation. He states that he experienced a heightened consciousness in regular conversation: Chandos writes that he hogmannsthal 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.
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chanxos In the end, he abandoned the endeavor, and reached his current state of being. In short, he lacks the mental capabilities he professes to have previously had and is now just one person among many.
Despite his current state, Chandos explains that he does experience moments of heightened sensation or stimulation, which provide epiphanies of a higher being that overwhelm him.
He describes these instances as the highlight of his existence one example is a detailed, sensory description of the death of ohfmannsthal rats. But he also writes that these moments are confusing and do no good to help his language crisis:. As soon, however, as this strange enchantment falls from me, I find myself confused; wherein this harmony transcending me and the entire world consisted, and how it made itself known to me, I could present in sensible words as little as I could say anything precise about the inner movements hof,annsthal my intestines or a congestion of my blood Confusion plagues Chandos despite moments of heightened stimulation or transcendence, and he is still unable to write.
This conclusion is notable because Chandos details the common languages which he can no longer use, but leaves open the possibility that he could write or employ a new and different language. While it is fiction, many critics view the letter as a partly autobiographical document. He was counted among the Young Vienna literary circle from early on, joining the ranks of Arthur Schnitzler and Gerhard Hauptmann, among others.
Hofmannsthal was considered an aesthete — all of his early works were predominantly aesthetic in concern. 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. The Development of a Crisis Chandos describes the stages that have led to his current state, beginning with an inability to speak on matters of philosophy or morality.
But he also writes that these moments are confusing and do no good to help his language crisis: Pantheon Books, All subsequent references will be made in the body of the text. Camden House,86; H. The European Imagination,trans. University of Chicago Press,