Studies in Goethe's Lyric Cycles

Studies in Goethe's Lyric Cycles

208 pp., 6 x 9, 1 figs., 4 tables, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5777-6
    Published: May 2020

University of North Carolina Studies in Germanic Languages and Literature

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The book presents a series of interpretive readings of the Römische Elegien, Sonette, Chinesisch-deutsche Jarhes- und Tageszeiten, several trilogies, and the shorter cycles of 1821, taking into account the variety of literary devices Goethe employs to link poems together into a cycle. The author examines Goethe's role in the history of the lyric cycle and, in stressing structural design, urges a reevaluation of the cycle's emergence as a standard poetic device.


"Although cyclical analyses normally cannot avoid some measure of subjectivity, Lee's are practically never marred by the over-exegesis that often accompanies such studies. Imaginative interpretation is balanced by scrupulous but never burdensome use of relevant philological and other evidence."--The German Quarterly