chapter  Chapter Six
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Hölderlin

WithS. S. Prawer

Goethe and Schiller had both been able, despite their plaints, to create for themselves a substitute for a truly national public, for the public of Homer and Sophocles and Shakespeare. They were able, at least, to make their voice heard, and to hope that their plea for aesthetic education might result in the creation of the kind of cultured élite which Tasso (the Tasso of Goethe’s play) found at Ferrara.