An Anthropology of Madness

A review of poet Nathaniel Tarn’s The Hölderliniae (2021)

Rebecca Ruth Gould
Apr 21 · 4 min read
Left: Nathaniel Tarn (photo by Nina Subin, via New Directions website); Right: Friedrich Hölderlin (Franz Karl Hiemer, Marbach, Schiller-Nationalmuseum)
Tübingen, Neckar, Hölderlinturm via Wikimedia Commons
cover of The Hölderliniae (New Directions, 2021)
Tarn’s biographical note detailing the poet’s mental illness (pp. 10–11).
Hölderliniae no. 19, from where the above quote is taken
Hölderliniae no. 1
Sarah Messer interviews Nathaniel Tarn (2012)

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