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By Kathrin H. Rosenfield, Charles B. Duff

Following Friedrich Hölderlin’s insights, the writer finds an omitted old element – the epiclerate – that makes Antigone the heiress to the throne of Thebes. Creon’s activities collect new that means, as does Antigone’s resistance, and a virtually Hitchcockian drama emerges from subtleties within the Greek textual content. Hölderlin brings us absolutely rounded characters, and we suppose the fun of genuine tragedy. Rosenfield argues that Hölderlin can have come towards the spirit of Sophocles and the Athenian enlightenment than later, extra scholarly, translators and critics, a controversy that redeems a misunderstood translation of a tremendous Romantic writer and demonstrates comparative method of literature – knowing a German poet’s method of a Greek tragedy –can elevate creative excitement and deepen our realizing of the customarily unusual Greek mentality. Rosenfield's Antigone is now on hand to an English talking viewers for the 1st time. It features a particular preface for the English variation and some stylistic alterations making the essay more uncomplicated to learn for a public now not known with the guidelines of German Idealism.


The paintings of Sophocles has parallels with glossy outlooks, even if fifth-century Athens used to be very diverse from our global. Rosenfield's element of departure is a detailed examining of Friederich Hölderlin's translation that makes those parallels believable. She indicates that poetic intelligence will be as worthy a severe instrument as old or philological wisdom. Following Hölderlin, she finds a ancient element to this point overlooked, the epiclerate, some degree of Greek legislations that offers Antigone political value and offers the play a fully-rounded tragic plot, ambiguous and paradoxical. Antigone isn't an blameless virgin sacrificed by means of a power-thirsty villain. She is a fierce and unsettling heroine in a nearly hitchcockian drama. construction on Hölderlin, Rosenfield brings out what's 'modern' in classical Greek drama: the sense of right and wrong of everlasting unsettling shifts in human activities, intentions and emotions, the gripping, unstated secrets and techniques hidden within the ironies of the Greek textual content. Her scholarly argument indicates that Hölderlin can have come toward the spirit of Sophocles, Themistocles and Pericles than later, extra scholarly, translators and critics.


Kathrin H. Rosenfield is a professor within the college of Literatura and Philosophy on the Federal college of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. trained in Salzburg, Vienna, and Paris, she has lengthy mixed literary feedback with a convention in psychotherapy and an energetic profession within the theatre. Her ebook Desenveredando Rosa gained Brazil’s superior literary award in 2007. varied models of her publication on Sophocles´ Antigone were released in Brazil (L&PM, Porto Alegre, 2000, Zahar, Rio de Janeiro, 2002, Topbooks, Rio de Janeiro, 2006) and France (Galilee, 2001).

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I saw her bury the dead man In spite of your decree. Is that clear enough for you? He speaks as if he were already used to the idea of his complicity and indifferent to the outcome of the case. “What’s all this? Why so much formality? You know that she did it and I know that you’re after her. ” After this last bit of insolence, the guardsman returns to discipline and gives a formal statement of the facts. Antigone—Young Girl or Queen? 17 Action and recognition Antigone confirms the guardsman’s story, giving Creon two lines of attack.

91 (hereafter Knox, wa). 8. Cf. ” Whose Antigone? A digression on Hölderlin’s approach to translation …. He can always help himself. He faces no future helpless —Wyckoff Pantoporos/Aporos —Sophocles, OCT, 360 Allbewandert, unbewandert —Hölderlin Roublard, couillonné —Lacan Hölderlin’s translations of Sophocles were part of the tragedy of Hölderlin’s own life. He was a young and soulful poet, and he took on the task of translating Sophocles, in part because he had been overwhelmed by the beauty of Voss’s translations of Homer.

These are quite deliberate, and he uses them to translate one world to another. Consider, for instance, the next to last choral song. Antigone has just left the stage for the last time. The Chorus reflects on her destiny with a cool objectivity, recalling the myths of Danae, Lycurgus, and the sons of Phineus: Fourth Stasimon (hymn to Danae, Lycurgus, and the sons of Phineus) Danae suffered too She went from the light to the brass-built room, chamber and tomb together. Like you, poor child, she was of great descent, and more, she held and kept the seed of the golden rain which was Zeus.

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