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Martin Heidegger's 1941–1942 lecture course on Friedrich Hölderlin's hymn, "Remembrance," delivered immediately following his confrontation with Nietzsche, lays out a detailed plan for the interpretation of Hölderlin's poetry in which remembrance is a central concern. With its emphasis on the "free use of the national" and the "holy of the fatherland," the course marks an important progression in Heidegger's political thought. In addition to its startlingly innovative analyses of greeting, the festive, and the dream, the text provides Heidegger's fullest elaboration of the structure of commemorative thinking in relationship to time and the possibility of an "other beginning." This English translation by William McNeill and Julia Ireland completes the series of Heidegger's major lecture courses on Hölderlin.

Translators' Foreword


Preparation for Hearing the Word of the Poetizing

1. What the Lecture Course Does Not Intend. On Literary-Historiographical Research and the Arbitrary Interpretation of Poetry

2. The Attempt to Think the Word Poetized by Hölderlin

3. That Which is Poetized in the Word of Essential Poetizing 'Poetizes Over and Beyond' the Poet and Those Who Hear this Word

4. The Essential Singularity of Hölderlin's Poetizing is Not Subject to Any Demand for Proof

5. The Poetizing Word and Language as Means of Communication. Planetary Alienation in Relation to the Word


1) 'Thinking' That Which is Poetized

2) Hearing That Which is Poetized is Hearkening: Waiting for the Coming of the Inceptual Word

6. The Univocity of 'Logic' and the Wealth of the Genuine Word Out of the Inexhaustibility of the Commencement

7. Remark on the Editions of Hölderlin's Works



8. A Word of Warning about Merely Admiring the Beauty of the Poem

9. Establishing a Preliminary Understanding About 'Content' and What is Poetized in the Poem


1) The Wealth of the Poetizing Word

2) Poetizing and Thinking as Historical Action

3) The Transformation of the Biographical in That Which is Poetized

10. That Which is Poetized in the Poetizing and the 'Content' of the Poem are Not the Same

Part One

Entry into the Realm of the Poem as Word

11. The Beginning and Conclusion of the Poem

12. Concerning Language: The Poetizing Word and Sounding Words

13. Language in Our Historical Moment

14. Preliminary Consideration of the Unity of the Poem


15. Poetizing and the Explanation of Nature in Modernity. On the Theory of 'Image' and 'Metaphor'

16. "The Northeasterly blows." The Favor of Belonging to the Vocation of Poet

17. The "Greeting." On the Dangerous Addiction to Psychological-Biographical Explanation

18. Norbert von Hellingrath on "Hölderlin's Madness." Commemoration of von Hellingrath

19. Hölderlin's De-rangement as Entering the Range of a Different Essential Locale

20. The "Going" of the Northeasterly. The "Greeting" of the Poet's Going with It


21. Transition From the First to the Second Strophe. The Greeting Thinking-in-the-Direction-Of as the Letting Be of the Greeted. The Greeted Thinks Its Way To the Poet

22. In the Unity of That Which is Greeted, Gathered by the Poet's Greeting, the Day's Work and Stead of Human Dwelling Arise

Part Two

"Holidays" and "Festival" in Hölderlin's Poetizing

23. Preliminary Hints From Citing 'Passages' In the Poetry


24. Celebrating as Pausing From Work and Passing Over into Reflection upon the Essential

25. The Radiance of the Essential Within Celebration. Play and Dance

26. The Essential Relation Between Festival and History. The "Bridal Festival" of Humans and Gods

27. The Festive as Origin of Attunements. Joy and Mournfulness: The Epigram "Sophocles"


1) Celebration as Becoming Free in Belonging to the Inhabitual

2) Improbable Celebration in the Echo of What is 'Habitual' in a Day: The First Strophe of the Elegy "Bread and Wine"

3) "The Festival" and the Appropriative Event. The Festival of the Day of History in Greece. Hölderlin and Nietzsche

28. The Greeting of the Women. Their Role in Preparing the Festival. The Women of Southern France and the Festival that Once Was in Greece


29. Transition as Reconciliation and Equalization

30. "Night": Time-Space of a Thinking Remembering the Gods that Once Were Transition in Receiving the Downgoing and Preparing the Dawn

31. Gods and Humans as Fitting Themselves to What is Fitting. That Which is Fitting and Fate

32. How Fate is Viewed Within the Calculative Thinking of Metaphysics, and "Fate" in Hölderlin's Sense

33. The Festival as Equalizing the While for Fate

34. The Transition from What Once Was in Greece into That Which is to Come: The Veiled Truth of the Hymnal Poetizing


1) The Provenance of the Poetized Transition. The "Demigods" Called into the Transition. Hegel and Hölderlin

2) What is Fitting for Humans and Gods is the Holy. The Fitting of the Jointure as Letting-be

3) Fitting as Releasing into the Search for Essence and the Loss of Essence. Errancy and Evil

4) The Temporal Character of the "While," and the Metaphysical Concept of Time

35. "Lulling Breezes": Sheltering in the Origin, the Ownmost of Humans and Gods. "Golden Dreams"

36. Interim Remark Concerning Scientific Explanations of Dreams

37. The Dream. That Which Is Dreamlike as the Unreal or Nonexistent

38. Greek Thought on the Dream. Pindar


39. The Dream as Shadow-like Appearing of Vanishing into the Lightless. Presencing and Absencing

40. The Possible as Presencing of Vanishing from, and as Appearing of Arrival Within 'Reality' (Beyng)

41. Hölderlin's Treatise "Becoming in Dissolution." Dream as Bringing the Possible and Preserving the Transfigured Actual

Part Three

The Search for the Free Use of One's Own

42. Hesitant Awe Before the Transition onto "Slow Footbridges"


43. Greece and Germania: The Banks and Sides of the Transition Toward Learning What is Historically One's Own

44. One's Own as the Holy of the Fatherland, Inaccessible to Theologies and Historiographical Sciences. The "Highest"

45. The Transition From the Second to the Third Strophe. Grounding in the Homely

46. Interim Remark Concerning Three Misinterpretations of Hölderlin's Turn to the "Fatherland"

47. Learning the Appropriation of One's Own

48. What is Their Own for the Germans: "The Clarity of Presentation"

49. The Drunkenness of Higher Reflection and Soberness of Presentation in the Word

50. "Dark Light": That Which is to be Presented in the Free Use of One's Own

51. The Danger of Slumber Among Shadows. "Soulful" Reflection Upon the Holy in the Festival

Part Four

The Dialogue with the Friends as Fitting Preparation for the Festival

52. "Dialogue" in the Commonplace Understanding and in Hölderlin's Poetic Word Usage

53. The "Opinion" of the "Heart" in the Dialogue: The Holy

54. Listening in the Dialogue to Love and Deed, which, as Celebration, Ground the Festival in Advance

55. The Endangering of the Poetic Dialogue of Love and Deeds by Chatter

56. The Poetic Dialogue as "Remembrance"

57. The Question of Where the Friends Are, and the Essence of Future Friendship

58. The Friends' Being Shy to Go to the Source

59. "Source" and "River." The Wealth of the Origin

60. The Initial Appropriation of "Wealth" on the Poets' Voyage Across the Ocean into the Foreign

61. The "Year Long" Learning of the Foreign on the Ocean Voyage of a Long Time Without Festival

62. The Singular Remembrance of the Locale of the Friends and of the Fitting that is to be Poetized

63. The Word Regarding the River that Goes Backwards: The Shy Intimation of the Essence of Commencement and History

64. The Passage to the Foreign, "Bold Forgetting" of One's Own, and the Return Home

65. The Founding of the Coming Holy in the Word


The Interpretive Structure for the Said Poems

Editor's Epilogue

Translators' Notes

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Preparation for hearing the word of the poetizing
1. What the lecture course does not intend. On literary-historiographical research and the arbitrary interpretation of poetry
2. The attempt to think the word poetized by H lderlin
3. That which is poetized in the word of essential poetizing poetizes over and beyond the poet and those who hear this word
4. The essential singularity of H lderlin s poetizing is not subject to any demand for proof
5. The poetizing word and language as means of communication. Planetary alienation in relation to the word
1. Thinking that which is poetized
2. Hearing that which is poetized is hearkening: waiting for the coming of the inceptual word
6. The univocity of logic and the wealth of the genuine word out of the inexhaustibility of the commencement
7. Remark on the editions of H lderlin s works
8. A word of warning about merely admiring the beauty of the poem
9. Establishing a preliminary understanding about content and what is poetized in the poem
1. The wealth of the poetizing word
2. Poetizing and thinking as historical action
3. The transformation of the biographical in that which is poetized
10. That which is poetized in the poetizing and the content of the poem are not the same
11. The beginning and conclusion of the poem
12. Concerning language: the poetizing word and sounding words
13. Language in our historical moment
14. Preliminary consideration of the unity of the poem
15. Poetizing and the explanation of nature in modernity. On the theory of image and metaphor
16. The northeasterly blows. The favor of belonging to the vocation of poet
17. The greeting. On the dangerous addiction to psychological-biographical explanation
18. Norbert von Hellingrath on H lderlin s madness. Commemoration of von Hellingrath
19. H lderlin s de-rangement as entering the range of a different essential locale
20. The going of the northeasterly. The greeting of the poet s going with it
21. Transition from the first to the second strophe. The greeting thinking-in-the-direction-of as the letting be of the greeted. The greeted thinks its way to the poet
22. In the unity of that which is greeted, gathered by the poet s greeting, the day s work and stead of human dwelling arise
23. Preliminary hints from citing passages in the poetry
24. Celebrating as pausing from work and passing over into reflection upon the essential
25. The radiance of the essential within celebration. Play and dance
26. The essential relation between festival and history. The bridal festival of humans and gods
27. The festive as origin of attunements. Joy and mournfulness: the epigram Sophocles
1. Celebration as becoming free in belonging to the inhabitual
2. Improbable celebration in the echo of what is habitual in a day: the first strophe of the elegy Bread and Wine
3. The festival and the appropriative event. The festival of the day of history in Greece. H lderlin and Nietzsche
28. The greeting of the women. Their role in preparing the festival. The women of southern France and the festival that once was in Greece
29. Transition as reconciliation and equalization
30. Night : time-space of a thinking remembering the gods that once were. Transition in receiving the downgoing and preparing the dawn
31. Gods and humans as fitting themselves to what is fitting. That which is fitting and fate
32. How fate is viewed within the calculative thinking of metaphysics, and fate in H lderlin s sense
33. The festival as equalizing the while for fate
34. The transition from what once was in Greece into that which is to come: the veiled truth of the hymnal poetizing
1. The provenance of the poetized transition. The demigods called into the transition. Hegel and H lderlin
2. What is fitting for humans and gods is the holy. The fitting of the jointure as letting-be
3. Fitting as releasing into the search for essence and the loss of essence. Errancy and evil
4. The temporal character of the while, and the metaphysical concept of time
35. Lulling breezes . . . : sheltering in the origin, the ownmost of humans and gods. Golden dreams . . .
36. Interim remark concerning scientific explanations of dreams
37. The dream. That which is dreamlike as the unreal or nonexistent
38. Greek thought on the dream. Pindar
39. The dream as shadowlike appearing of vanishing into the lightless. Presencing and absencing
40. The possible as presencing of vanishing from, and as appearing of arrival within reality (Beyng)
41. H lderlin s treatise Becoming in Dissolution. Dream as bringing the possible and preserving the transfigured actual
42. Hesitant awe before the transition onto slow footbridges
43. Greece and Germania: the banks and sides of the transition toward learning what is historically one s own
44. One s own as the holy of the fatherland, inaccessible to theologies and historiographical sciences. The highest
45. The transition from the second to the third strophe. Grounding in the homely
46. Interim remark concerning three misinterpretations of H lderlin s turn to the fatherland
47. Learning the appropriation of one s own
48. What is their own for the Germans: the clarity of presentation
49. The drunkenness of higher reflection and soberness of presentation in the word
50. Dark light : that which is to be presented in the free use of one s own
51. The danger of slumber among shadows. Soulful reflection upon the holy in the festival
52. Dialogue in the commonplace understanding and in H lderlin s poetic word usage
53. The opinion of the heart in the dialogue: the holy
54. Listening in the dialogue to love and deed, which, as celebration, ground the festival in advance
55. The endangering of the poetic dialogue of love and deeds by chatter
56. The poetic dialogue as remembrance
57. The question of where the friends are, and the essence of future friendship
58. The friends being shy to go to the source
59. Source and river. The wealth of the origin
60. The initial appropriation of wealth on the poets voyage across the ocean into the foreign
61. The year long learning of the foreign on the ocean voyage of a long time without festival
62. The singular remembrance of the locale of the friends and of the fitting that is to be poetized
63. The word regarding the river that goes backwards: the shy intimation of the essence of commencement and history
64. The passage to the foreign, bold forgetting of one s own, and the return home
65. The founding of the coming holy in the word
The Interpretive Structure for the Said Poems
The present volume makes available in English the second of three lecture courses that Heidegger devoted to the poetry of Friedrich H lderlin at the University of Freiburg. The first, on H lderlin s hymns Germania and The Rhine, was given in the winter semester of 1934-1935; 1 the course on the hymn Remembrance was presented seven years later, in the winter of semester 1941-1942; 2 and the third, on the hymn The Ister, took place the following semester, in the summer semester of 1942. 3 The special significance of this particul

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