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März Wann wurde der Brief geschrieben? Wer war Hugo von Hofmannsthal? Wer war Francis Bacon? Was beinhaltet der Brief? Wie wird die. by Aaron Steiner. “The Letter of Lord Chandos” is a fictional letter written by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The work was published under the title “Ein Brief” (“A. Long recognized as one of the defining texts of literary Modernism, Hofmannsthal’s “Ein Brief” (“The Letter of Lord Chandos”) remains a very.

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As I was trotting along over the yofmannsthal land, nothing more alarming in sight than a scared covey of quail and, in the distance, the great sun sinking over the undulating fields, there suddenly loomed up before me the vision of that cellar, resounding with the death-struggle of a mob of rats.

At first I grew by degrees incapable of discussing a loftier or more general subject in terms of which everyone, fluently and without hesitation, is wont to avail himself. The preoccupation with a crisis of language is most famously recognized in his Lord Chandos Letter. But he also writes that these moments are confusing and do no good to help his language crisis: I saw their wonderful interplay rise before me like magnificent hofmannsthla upon which played golden balls.

Austin, Philosophical Papers Oxford: Neske, The one was like the other: Although Chandos never presents his letter as an apology or even as a successful offering of gratitude, the preface does its best to encourage an interpretation of the letter as what J.

I would like, if it only were permitted me, to squeeze into the closing words of this, the last letter I expect I rbief write to Francis Bacon, all the love and gratitude, all the boundless admiration which I bear in my heart for the gofmannsthal who has done the most for my spirit—the foremost Englishman of my time—and which I will continue to bear in my heart until death makes it burst.

A reading inspired by Chandos could go much farther. I know not whether brisf admire more the urgency of your benevolence or the unbelievable sharpness of your memory, when you recall to me the various little projects I entertained during those days of rare enthusiasm which we shared together. None of them, standing with doffed cap before the door of his house while I ride by of an evening, will have any idea that my glance, which he is wont respectfully to catch, glides with longing over the rickety boards under which he searches for earthworms for fishing-bait; that it plunges through the latticed window into the stuffy chamber where, in a corner, the low bed with its chequered linen seems forever to be waiting for someone to die or another to be born; that my eye lingers long upon the ugly puppies or upon a cat stealing stealthily among the flower-pots; and that it seeks among all the poor and clumsy objects of a peasant’s life for the one whose insignificant form, whose unnoticed being, whose mute existence, can become the source of that mysterious, wordless, and boundless ecstasy.


Plot Summary Chandos Explains His State The work begins with a single introductory sentence, most likely the work of an editor, explaining that the letter, written by Lord Philip Chandos, son of the Earl of Bath, and addressed to Sir Francis Bacon, will apologize for a lack of literary activity. It would be too much to possess you completely and at all times: He has reached a crisis point in his career concerning language and its ability to adequately express the human experience.

Skip to main content. Towards evening I had gone off for a ride and, as you can imagine, thought no more about it. Help Center Find new research papers in: Hardly do I know whether I am still the same person to whom your precious letter is addressed.

Chandos Brief

I well remember this plan. But he also writes that these moments are confusing and do no good to help his language crisis:. The papers bequeathed to me by my grandfather, the Duke of Exeter, concerning his negotiations with France and Portugal, offered me some foundation.

There was a mother, surrounded by her young in their agony of death; but her gaze was cast neither toward the dying nor upon the merciless walls of stone, but into the void, or through the void into Infinity, accompanying this gaze with a gnashing of teeth! Even my own heaviness, the general torpor of my brain, seems to acquire a meaning; I experience in and around me a blissful, never-ending interplay, and among the objects playing against one another there is not one into which I cannot flow.

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The Development of a Crisis Chandos describes the stages that have led to his current state, beginning with an inability to speak on matters of philosophy or morality. With these I meant to combine the brilliant maxims and reflections from classical and Italian works, and anything else of intellectual adornment that appealed to me in books, in manuscripts or conversations; the arrangement, moreover, of particularly beautiful festivals and pageants, strange crimes and cases of madness, descriptions of the greatest and most characteristic architectural monuments in the Netherlands, in France and Italy; and many other things.


It might, in this letter, induce a similar crisis in Bacon. Then, he writes, he became unable to express opinions or judgments in regular conversation. To hkfmannsthal person susceptible to such ideas, it might appear a well-designed plan of divine Providence that my mind should fall from such a state of inflated arrogance into this extreme of despondency and feebleness which is now the permanent condition of my inner self.

My case, in short, is this: To transform chhandos into such a powerful force of words that you bdief perish before it. But it is my inner self that I feel bound to reveal to you-a peculiarity, a vice, a disease of my mind, if you like-if you are to understand that an abyss equally unbridgeable separates me from the literary works lying seemingly ahead of me as from those behind me: The answer brought the laughs on his side, and the whole affair turned into a jest.

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It is not easy for me to indicate wherein these good brjef subsist; once again words desert me. Chandos describes the stages that have led to his current state, beginning with an inability to speak on matters of philosophy or morality. Log In Sign Up.

University of Chicago Press, Like Semele, Bacon wants Chandos to reveal himself, if only to himself. I planned to start an Apophthegmata, like that composed by Julius Caesar: Oxford University Press,30, 79— This hlfmannsthal of language has robbed him of self-confidence and creativity.

Chandos, age 26, claims that he has been silent for two years, having previously established himself as a writer as early as age Who is speaking in this preface? The European Imagination,trans.