Emphasizing the Dream and the Cave Allegory in the Work of Novalis Henry of Ofterdingen
The subject of this article is, according to the interpretation of the philosopher and cultural critic Walter Benjamin, the novel Henry of Ofterdingen by the Romantic poet Novalis and the allegorical aspects of the dream and the cave. We come across the figure of a traveller and his journey away from daily worries/ concerns in Novalis’ work. The hero bears the name of a legendary and historical figure of the German Middle Ages, Henry of Ofterdingen, the great poet and Minnesinger, suggesting the ability of the author to blend past, legendary or real facts with current and future facts. The power of dreaming resides in the revelation of the potential personal direction of the hero. It is a journey from a vaguely canny young man to a poet: “By nature, Henry was a poet.” In order to support his growth, several occurrences seemed to conspire, and yet nothing had disrupted the elasticity of his soul.
Department of German, Faculty of Philology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece.
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