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The Marienbad Elegy is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

This poem, considered one of Goethe's finest and most personal,[1][2] reflects the devastating sadness the poet felt when Baroness Ulrike von Levetzow declined his proposal (Goethe did not propose to her personally, but via a friend, Carl August, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach). Goethe was 73 years old, she was 18. He started writing the poem on 5 September 1823 in a coach which carried him from Cheb to Weimar and by his arrival on 12 September, it was finished. He showed it only to his closest friends.[3]

To me is all, I to myself am lost,
Who the immortals' fav'rite erst was thought;
They, tempting, sent Pandoras to my cost,
So rich in wealth, with danger far more fraught;
They urged me to those lips, with rapture crown'd,
Deserted me, and hurl'd me to the ground.

Goethe, Marienbad Elegy, the last stanza, translated by Edgar Alfred Bowring

Goethe never returned to Bohemia again. He died in Weimar in 1832.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liukkonen, Petri. "Goethe". Books and Writers (kirjasto.sci.fi). Finland: Kuusankoski Public Library. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Goethe
  3. ^ Goethe's third summer, in Czech

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Sun, 27 May 2007 21:11:21 -0700

Once a spa for the rich and famous, much celebrated in literature—as an old man, Goethe had fallen in love with a young thing there, was given the brushoff, and sublimated his grief in a “Marienbad Elegy”—it lay on the other side of the Ore Mountains ...
 
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Tue, 15 Dec 2009 01:01:47 -0800

“But out of it he wrote a poem - the Marienbad Elegy- which is one of the greatest poems in literature. “Yeats exploited the power of reflection, a transparency denied to the young. His later poems are some of the greatest in English. These magnificent ...
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