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Comments On Faust Part VII

Comments On Faust Part VII

Continuing with Night, Faust has just finished conversing with Wagner, a pedant who represents the kind of learning which the former has thoroughly rejected. Faust refers to him in one place as “Earth’s most miserable son.” I believe, however, that he may be referring to his own misery as well. In the story of Faust, a groundwork is being laid, unbeknownst to Goethe, for what we today call existentialism. This is a broad subject, which would require more than a…

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Comments On Faust Part VI

Comments On Faust Part VI

This article continues with Faust musing on the sign of the Macrocosm, and then considering the sign of the Earth-Spirit. Toward the end of his soliloquy on the Macrocosm, he seems to be having a transcendent, holistic experience, a kind of mystical union with Nature:   How toward the Whole all things are blending,  Each in the other, living, growing!  How heavenly forces, soaring, descending,  Are in and out of golden buckets flowing,  While fragrant blessings, lightly winging  From heaven…

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