Group From Tartarus

Friedrich Schiller 1759 (Marbach am Neckar) – 1805 (Weimar)



Hark! like the sea in wrath the heavens assailing,
Or like a brook through rocky basin wailing,
Comes from below, in groaning agony,
A heavy, vacant torment-breathing sigh!
Their faces marks of bitter torture wear,
While from their lips burst curses of despair;
 Their eyes are hollow, and full of woe,
   And their looks with heartfelt anguish
 Seek Cocytus' stream that runs wailing below,
   For the bridge o'er its waters they languish.

And they say to each other in accents of fear,
"Oh, when will the time of fulfilment appear?"
High over them boundless eternity quivers,
And the scythe of Saturnus all-ruthlessly, shivers!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AAXXBBCDCD EEFF
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 624
Words 106
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 10, 4

Friedrich Schiller

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller was a German poet philosopher historian and playwright During the last seventeen years of his life Schiller struck up a productive if complicated friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang Goethe with whom he frequently discussed issues concerning aesthetics and encouraged Goethe to finish works he left merely as sketches this relationship and these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism They also worked together on Die Xenien The Xenies a collection of short but harshly satirical poems in which both Schiller and Goethe verbally attacked those persons they perceived to be enemies of their aesthetic agenda. more…

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