The Dionysiac Chronotope (1799–1802)

  • Lucas MurreyEmail author


Having examined Hölderlin’s early poems and translations of tragedy (and Pindaric song) , this chapter turns to the poet’s adaption of the Dionysian spirit to produce a new style of poetry in the present. Gestures to a mystical transition from (unlimited) individual greed for money (and its visual underpinnings) to an experience of seeing that is rooted in earthly communality (2–3) are themselves transformed into a socio-political critique in modern time. This profound criticism that Hölderlin elaborates in his songs from 1799 to 1802 is linked, for instance, to an image of monetised tyrants who appropriate modern visual media to exploit nature’s resources for individual profit.


Hölderlin Visual media Money (Unlimited) individualism Dionysus 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yale UniversityLake ArrowheadUSA

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