The Seasons of the Soul

Vowing at an early age to be a poet or nothing at all, Hermann Hesse rebelled against formal education, focusing on a rigorous program of independent study that included literature, philosophy, art, and history One result of these efforts was a series of novels that became counterculture bibles that remain widely influential today Another was a body of evocative spiritVowing at an early age to be a poet or nothing at all, Hermann Hesse rebelled against formal education, focusing on a rigorous program of independent study that included literature, philosophy, art, and history One result of these efforts was a series of novels that became counterculture bibles that remain widely influential today Another was a body of evocative spiritual poetry Published for the first time in English, these vivid, probing short works reflect deeply on the challenges of life and provide a spiritual solace that transcends specific denominational hymns, prayers, and rituals.The Seasons of the Soul offers valuable guidance in poetic form for those longing for a meaningful life, seeking a sense of homecoming in nature, in each stage of life, in a renewed relationship with the divine Extensive quotations from his prose introduce each theme addressed in the book love, imagination, nature, the divine, and the passage of time A foreword by Andrew Harvey reintroduces us to a figure about whom some may have believed everything had already been said Thoughtful commentary throughout from translator Ludwig Max Fischer helps readers understand the poems within the context of Hesse s life.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Seasons of the Soul Vowing at an early age to be a poet or nothing at all Hermann Hesse rebelled against formal education focusing on a rigorous program of independent study that included literature philosophy art a

  • Title: The Seasons of the Soul
  • Author: Hermann Hesse
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    Hermann Hesse

    Hermann Hesse was a German Swiss poet, novelist, and painter In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature His best known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game also known as Magister Ludi which explore an individual s search for spirituality outside society.In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German speaking world worldwide fame only came later Hesse s first great novel, Peter Camenzind , was received enthusiastically by young Germans desiring a different and natural way of life at the time of great economic and technological progress in the country Throughout Germany, many schools are named after him In 1964, the Calwer Hermann Hesse Preis was founded, which is awarded every two years, alternately to a German language literary journal or to the translator of Hesse s work to a foreign language There is also a Hermann Hesse prize associated with the city of Karlsruhe,Germany.

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    • BrokenTune said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      “To cut through the charades of this world, to despise it, may be the aim of great thinkers. My only goal in life is to be able to love this world, to see it and myself and all beings with the eyes of love and admiration and reverence”Hesse is one of the writers I fell in love with at school, at a time when many other people despised reading because it was a task, because they had to. I was lucky. Our curriculum was rather interesting and allowed for some flexibility in the choice of authors [...]

    • Shaimaa Ali said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      “I was an orphan whose parents happened to be alive.” -- Hermann Hesse about his early life. Reading such a confession is not easy! Seeing two parents, you may imagine the easy-going life , the well-raised children but life was never that straight forward.'s full of absurdity! I learnt from great authors like Hesse & Kafka that the road to greatness begins with sufferings & parents cruelty! In this amazing journey in Hesse's world, you are intertwined with life, with nature. You are [...]

    • Judy Croome said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      This short book is well structured, with an informative and detailed introduction to each section of poems. Each of these excellent introductions give an intimate sense of Hesse the poet, his passions and his torments. The poems that follow were, like most poetry volumes, made up of verses that resonated deeply with me and others that were interesting to read. Each reader would, I'm sure, find their own favourite poem. Some of the poems were, unexpectedly, less lyrical than I expected from a mys [...]

    • Hans said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      Anything Meister Hermann Hesse wrote is pure literary delight. This man is incredible, when I read his words I no longer feel quite so insane or the crushing solitude of having ideas shared by so few. I have to learn German just so I can read Hesse in his native tongue.

    • M said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      Hesse muses about the earth, the sky, and loneliness. Love, life, birth and death are derivatives. Most poems can be seen as words of "spiritual wisdom", there is not much elating poetry in them. Some of his poems are good though, for instance Valse Brillante (1901), and Autumn Takes Hold of My Life (1919).

    • Joseph said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      An unbelievably amazing collection of sage poems by Herman Hesse. Well worth the read and contemplation.

    • Michelle said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      Quickly illustrates an idea or profound emotion with an easy arrangement of words. Feels like your grandpa just sharing his most important life lessons and memory with you. Recommended.

    • Rosemary said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      I loved this. I've always been drawn to Hesse's writing, but the purity and clarity reflected in this translation of some of Hesse's poems is beautiful.

    • Reem Rafei said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      This book is a masterpiece! Beautifully written! In love with Hesse's style. And these two are my favorites:“Now and ThenNow and then everything feels wrong and desolate,and sprawling in pain, weak and exhausted,every effort reverts to grief,every joy collapses with broken wings.And our longing listens for distant summons,aching to receive news filled with joy.But we still miss bliss,fortunate fates elude from afar.Now is the time to listen within,tend our inner garden mindfullyuntil new flowe [...]

    • Enrique said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      El libro incluye un calendario con acuarelas de Hesse, reproducciones de manuscritos y poemas en alemán y español. Dividido por meses, esta lectura lo transporta a uno a una Alemania pintoresca y transmite las sensaciones de cada estación para deleite de todos los sentidos.*UPDATE* La frialdad de la civilización es contrastada con la calidez y pureza de la naturaleza. Hesse critica el consumismo, la pérdida de la inocencia, la infelicidad y la desviación de lo que para él es la sabiduría [...]

    • Alex Weinle said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      Hesse's power lies undeniably in his philosophical insight, his ability to give complex inner states an objective corollary, he is no Eliot or Auden. That said, the charm here is hearing him approach subjects with a private openness.

    • Sarah O'Flaherty said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      Another hugely inspiring writer. This is a beautiful book of poetry.

    • Andreea Marin said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      The Seasons of the Soul is a very reflective collection--which is representative of the majority of Hesse's entire corpus. The presentation of this book coordinated by Ludwig Max Fischer framed the reflections and spiritual wisdom fragments of Hesse in an accessible way, particularly with an introduction to each part. The collection is divided in five parts (or seasons): love, inspiration, nature, divine, Life/Time. Part one on love read too much like a Victorian poem which is what kept this col [...]

    • Patrick López said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      Several of the poems available in this collection are otherwise unavailable in English. The commentary is definitely intended for an audience unfamiliar with Hesse's work as a whole. Which seemed a little odd because Hesse is mainly known as a novelist to English readers, so an English reader buying his poetry is probably a dedicated fan. And I wish that they would include the original text, Hesse was a great master of form, and the literal translations give no indication of it's original struct [...]

    • Jana Rađa said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      A beautiful collection of poems. The foreword by Andrew Harvey and the translation and commentary by Ludwig Max Fischer are excellent. It is time to revisit some of Herman Hesse's novels. A long time has passed and a lot has happened since secondary school; it will not be the same person doing the reading or the same books being read.

    • Julie said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      I have always deeply enjoyed Hesse's novels, but this is the first time I've come across his poems. They are stunningly sensitive, beautiful and evocative. I am greatly moved by these songs of the soul.

    • Melissa Houston said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      Since my days as a German literature major, Hesse has been one of my favorite writers He poignantly delves into the psychology of human nature and examines who we are in insightful and meaningful ways.

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    • Jordan Davis said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      best stuff!

    • Kalliopi Dolios said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      some parts about family touched base

    • Emz82 said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 08:51 AM

      Devoured. Seasons of the soul. I think Hesse spoke to my soul. Just beautiful.

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