Lenore: Gottfried August Bürger: Bürger published the ballad “Lenore,” a spectral romance in which a ghostly rider, posing as Lenore’s dead lover, carries her. Leonora has 48 ratings and 5 reviews. Suvi said: Lenore complains to God how he has treated her unfairly, because her fiancé William still hasn’t returne. Full text transcription of Gottfried Burger’s ballad, ‘Lenora’ (translated by Thomas Taylor), as well as an invitation to students to join a collaborative project related.

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It involved every European great power of the time except the Ottoman Empire and spanned five continents, affecting Europe, the Americas, West Africa, India, and the Philippines. The metre is correctly followed, and the diction comes as close as one could gottfied.

Heimann must have coached him up to some extent when his juvenile ambition pointed to Lenore.

The poet, after making some inquiry, was only too eager to assent, and he brought home his third bride. How the echo shouts aloof! It takes the literary form of a modern-antique, and throws the period of the ballad back from the Seven Years’ War to crusading times.

He was fond of romantic solitude, and was anything but a strict moralist. The original Manuscript of the youthful translator has been strictly followed in the printing, as regards of citing, punctuation, etc.

Gottfried Burger – Lenore

I presume that it is a good deal less familiar to the present generation. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Her parents’ clumsy attempts to console her only make Lenore freak out more and more, culminating in her accusing God of cruelty and injustice. There is no carriage here.

United States of America: She tore her hair and she turned her round, And madly she dashed her against the ground. In there was a translation by John Oxenford, a good German scholar: Since I don’t know enough German, I can’t say anything about Rossetti’s translation, but apparently it’s considered the most faithful one.


But hark to the clatter and the pat pat patter! Lenore had a profound effect on the development of Romantic literature throughout Europe [7] and a strong influence on the English ballad-writing revival of the s. First publication, edited by W M Rossetti Similar titles: Half dead, half living, the soul of Lenore Fought as it never had fought before. Several passages here and there are however translated closely enough.

She professed enthusiasm for his poetry, and willingness to bestow her hand upon him.

The night is come, — there is no more day. Unless our literature is founded on our Volkwe shall write eternally for closet sages and disgusting critics out of whose mouths and stomachs we shall get back what we have given.

When the other warriors return from the war without William, she begins to quarrel with Godcomplaining about His unfairness and proclaiming that He has never done her any good, which prompts her mother to ask for her daughter’s forgiveness because she knows that such a thought is blasphemous and will condemn her to Hell.

They amount to this: And clank, clank, clank! Dropped off like brittle tinder!


Soon afterwards he translated the Anne Heinrich of Hartmann von Aue — published in in his Collected Works as Henry the Leper ; and I need not scruple to say that he made a capital thing of it. They amount to this: And the bars were broken and bent ; The doors were burst with a deafening knell, And over the white graves they dashed pell mell: Child, utter an Ave Marie!

Finished, finished is our ride: Wringing her hands and beating her breast, — Tossing and rocking without any rest ; — Till from her light veil the moon shone thro’, And the stars leapt out on the darkling blue. Fleshless and hairless, a naked skull, The sight of his weird head was horrible; The lifelike mask was there no more, And a scythe and a sandglass the skeleton bore.


We and the dead gallop fast thro’ the night. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. As he wrote to his fellow poet Heinrich Christian Boie: His original ballad-poem of Sir Hugh the Heron, written mostly at the age of twelve, was not indeed worse than one would expect from so boyish a hand, but no human being who knows the meaning of the word ” good ” can apply that epithet to Sir Hugli the Heron ; and another shorter ballad, William and Marie, which he composed at the age of about fourteen, is even inferior to its precursor.

Groans from the earth and shrieks in the air!

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Terrorised, Lenore demands to know why they are riding so fast, to which he responds that they are doing so because “the dead travel fast” “die Todten reiten schnell”. The original Manuscript of the youthftd translator has been strictly followed in the printing, as regards sf citing, punctuation, etc.

Ever since he had gone to battle in the army of King FrederickLenore has been impatiently worrying about William every day brgdr longing for his return, but she has not heard any news from him.

Bger he heed my despair, — doth he list to my cry? Bearing the coffin, bearing the bier ; And the chime of their chaunt was hissing and harsh. Retrieved from ” https: