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This poem is taken from PN Review 54, Volume 13 Number 4, March - April 1987.

Notes Selected and translated by Idris Parry Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Selected and translated by Idris Parry

Situations are symbolic. The weakness of modern
people is that they treat them analytically and so
dissolve the element of magic.


Song is so marvellous because it is control imposed on
what is otherwise a pure organ of egotism: the human


To think that the heavens and hells of all religions are
products of the human soul. It all depends on the
power of outward projection.


The most dangerous form of stupidity is a sharp


Just in order to see, you have to clear your eyes of the
sand which the present moment is constantly kicking
into them.


Events are waves which threaten the spirit but also
sustain it.

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