I might’ve been a little too quick to judge about The Sorrows of a Young Werther in my last post. My professor had some very insightful comments (as he should seeing as how he’s taught this book for a decade now). He also had to explain some of the customs and trends of that time, which did add to Werther’s like-ability.
I just put this together in class today – I’ve read another, more famous piece of Goethe’s - Doctor Faustaus. I really did enjoy this play. It’s about a man, Dr. Faustaus obviously, who rejects several conventions and gives his reasons. Eventually he makes a deal with the devil, and of course you can imagine how the play ends given the time. It was a good play, funny. It’s not too long. If 18th century German plays are your thing, this is one you should read.
There’s a relatively new movie out about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It’s in German with English subtitles. After watching it I find myself liking Werther a little bit more (the book takes many events from Goethe’s own life).
The German title is just Goethe!, which I think I like better than Young Goethe in Love. It seems a little more exciting. It also makes it a little easier having seen Germany. In my mind as Werther is talking about laying in the grass and thinking about life and love and God, I imagine those rolling green hills that I saw in Germany. I’d love to go back to Germany some day. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen!
I’m making this a quick post because I have to write a poem. When my creative writing professor first told us about this assignment my immediate reaction was ”Oh dear God no – not poetry”. I am not a poet. I can read poetry and might be able to talk about it a little bit, but writing it? No way. I sound like a fool. But I guess I have to give it a try. Writing about an abstraction using only concrete imagery. That shouldn’t be too bad right? Wish me luck!