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Day: December 17, 2006

Comments On Faust Part II

Comments On Faust Part II

  And swift beyond where knowledge ranges,  Earth’s splendour whirls in circling flight; In contrast to the geocentric symbolism of Raphael’s speech, Goethe alludes to the heliocentric view by having Gabriel speak of the earth “in circling flight.” As I mentioned in Part I, I don’t think the mention of cosmology is meant be taken literally. As I’ve been reading about Goethe’s intellectual life, I am discovering that he was very much in tune, not only with Romanticism, but also…

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