“As When Upon A Day of Rest …”

William J. Richardson

in Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780823222551
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235247 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

“As When Upon                 A Day of Rest …”

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This chapter examines an essay that interprets a poem without a title that begins “As when upon a day of rest …”. Written in 1800, the poem is composed of seven strophes, and in it Hölderlin arranges the meaning of the poet's task. It provides a reason for calling Hölderlin “the poet of the poet” and explains Heidegger's interest in the poem. The discussion examines the essay because of the close analogy which Heidegger sees between poetic and philosophical thought. Throughout the essay, Being receives many designations. Thus this chapter examines Being as Immediate, Advent, Spirit, and the Holy.

Keywords: Hölderlin; poem; the Holy; poetry; Spirit

Chapter.  4017 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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