Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin


Selected and translated by James Mitchell


Hölderlin Tower

FRIEDRICH HÖLDERLIN (1770-1843) is considered one of the great German poets, yet his works and reputation are not widely known outside Germany. These pages present some of his best regarded poems, including several chosen from the Late Hymns and from the long years of his insanity.

The poems are listed here according to both their English and German titles with links to the corresponding translations. The poems can also be read sequentially by simply following the appropriate links after each one.

The original German texts are easily available on the Internet. The authoritative Stuttgart edition of Hölderlin's complete works is available online at the Württembergische Landesbibliothek Stuttgart website (link below). Much easier to deal with are the collections at Bibliotheca Augustana and textlog.de. Also, by just typing "Hölderlin" and the German poem title into a Google search box you'll probably come to the original text as well.

The individual sections of this website are as follows:

          List of Translated Poems

          About these translations  

          Stuttgarter Hölderlin-Ausgabe online

          Biographical Timeline

          Translator's Blog

          Go to the first poem



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