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Today is the 145th #birthday of great #Austrian poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929). He wrote both brilliant poetry and prose. He was a #monarchist and staunch supporter of the legendary Austro-Hungarian Empire; the outcome of #WWI was a blow to him.
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..The poem of Hofmannsthal's reproduced below is one of his both earliest and most famous. It was first published in Dec. 1892 in Vol. 2 of #StefanGeorge's journal when Hofmannsthal was 18 years old, under a #pseudonym(which allowed him to hide his tender age).
I'll translate..
.. the poem (in #prose, without any attempt at recreating #rhyme or #rhythm).
There is a lyrical #adaptation of the poem, published while von Hofmannsthal still alive, in
Charles Wharton Stork: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘗𝘰𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘶𝘨𝘰 𝘷𝘰𝘯 𝘏𝘰𝘧𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘭.
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