- Title Pages
- List of Illustrations
- Note on the Text
- Note on Translation and Commentary
1.Folk Song at the Beginnings of National History
- From Alte Volkslieder / Ancient Folk Songs
2.The Folk Song Project at the Confluence of Music and Nationalism
- From Volkslieder and Stimmen der Völker in Liedern / Folk Songs and Voices of the People in Song
3.Singing the Sacred Body
- From Lieder der Liebe: Die ältesten und schönsten aus Morgenlande / Songs of Love: The Oldest and Most Beautiful from the Orient
4.The Nation and Its Fragments
- From “Briefwechsel über Ossian und die Lieder alter Völker” / “Correspondence about Ossian and the Songs of Ancient Peoples”
5.Songs of the Enlightenment Bard
- “Homer und Ossian” / “Homer and Ossian”
6.Redemption through Sacred Song
- Letter 46, Theologische Schriften / Theological Writings
7.The Shores of Modernity
- From “Wirkung der Dichtkunst auf die Sitten neuerer Zeiten” / “The Influence of Poetry on the Customs of Modernity”
8.The Epic as Nation
- From Der Cid / The Cid
9.Music Transcendent and Sublime
- “Von Musik” / “On Music”
The Shores of Modernity
The Shores of Modernity
Essay on “Wirkung der Dichtkunst auf die Sitten neuerer Zeiten” (1777)1
- (p.201) 7. The Shores of Modernity
- Song Loves the Masses
Philip V. Bohlman
- University of California Press
In a broadly historical essay Herder examines the ways in which poetry and song reflect national character. Important distinctions between the objects and subjects of poetry, especially the relation between song as object and singing as subject, provide a comparative framework throughout and become the foundations for a critical language to represent modern culture and politics (e.g., the relation between Volk and Nation). Herder carefully traces the historical development of national literary traditions, but he draws the reader to considerations of poetry and song in the contemporary world of the Enlightenment. He concludes by drawing attention to the ways in which certain genres of poetry and song extend beyond the traditions of single peoples, acquiring a greater impact as transnational.
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