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Poems of the West and East- West-Eastern Divan - West-Östlicher Divan

Bi-Lingual Edition of the Complete Poems


Joachim Whaley

Contents: This bilingual edition contains in verse all twelve books of Goethe's West-Eastern Divan. It has a German and an English Index to the poems and an English Glossary of key Arabic names and terms. A Translator's note follows an extensive Introduction by Katharina Mommsen. She points to the many themes and motifs of the work, examines them in the political and cultural context of the time, and presents them as a summation of Goethe's experience, feeling and thought throughout a long life, as a work affirming Goethe's conviction of the spiritual meaning of a fully earthly life.