Schiller's, "On Naive and Sentimental Poetry"

"There are moments in our life, when we dedicate a kind of love and touching respect to nature in its plants, minerals, animals, landscapes, just as to human nature in its children, in the morals of country folk and of the primeval world, not because it is pleasing to our senses, not even because it satisfies our understanding or taste (the opposite can often occur in respect to both), but rather merely because it is nature. Every fine man, who does not altogether lack feeling, experiences this, when he walks in the open, when he lives upon the land or tarries beside monuments of ancient times, in short, when he is surprised in artificial relations and situations with the sight of simple nature. It is interest, not seldom elevated to need, which lies at the foundation of many of our fancies for flowers and animals, for simple gardens, for walks, for the country and its inhabitants, for many products of remote antiquity, etc.; provided, that neither affectation nor an accidental interest in it be in play. This kind of interest in nature takes place, however, only under two conditions. First, it is entirely necessary, that the object which infuses us with the same, be nature or certainly be held by us therefor; second, that it (in the broadest meaning of the word) be naive, i.e., that nature stand in contrast with art and shame her. So soon as the last is added to the first, and not before, nature is changed into the naive."

The formatting of the other html I posted was so unreadable that I really quick threw this together from it:

https://googledrive.com/host/0B8BkdayihrgYdGdYU1JoUW9FZnM/naiveandsentimentalpoetry.html

 

http://www.schillerinstitute.org/transl/schiller_essays/naive_sentimental-1.html

 

NOTE: If you didn't make it to the meeting last week on Heidegger's Thinking and Poetizing, and want to talk about it, I'm sure we could fit in some discussion of that work as well.

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