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Song Loves the MassesHerder on Music and Nationalism$
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Johann Gottfried Herder and Philip V. Bohlman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234949

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234949.001.0001

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Letter 46, Theologische Schriften / Theological Writings

Letter 46, Theologische Schriften / Theological Writings

(p.190) Letter 46, Theologische Schriften / Theological Writings
Song Loves the Masses

Johann Gottfried Herder

, Philip V. Bohlman
University of California Press

From time to time I have sent you poetic pieces, among them those in aesthetic genres from hymns, songs, parables, fables, etc., and with a few thoughts to accompany them. I do not believe, however, that such things offer atonement for what has otherwise been neglected, for I do not entirely understand what, in correspondence of this kind, might really atone for neglect. The letter writer ceases to write when he wishes, and the reader ceases to read when she comes to the end of the letter. Given the sheer abundance of reading material about which we speak, moreover, it is only likely that we skip over several lines here and there. You will have long known from your good sense and intelligence that poesy is ...

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