Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Eternal Admissions

Primal Words Orphic
When you were granted here your brief admission,
As sun and planets met that day they charted
For evermore your growing to fruition
According to the law by which you started.
This must you be, from self there’s no remission,
Thus long sibyls, prophets this impaired;
Nor any time nor any power can shatter
Imprinted form informing living matter.

Goethe’s immortal poetry has many different voices, but no obvious distinguishing marks. Most of his work was considered untranslatable so he was unrecognized by the English speaking world during his 18th century life. His poetry resonates in several areas of consciousness at once. Goethe’s work is philosophical as well as scientific. Those elements are woven through his belief system.

His work touches other truths, which sit outside of those beliefs. His 1817 work, Primal Words Orphic is divided into five stanzas: Fate, Chance, Love, Necessity and Hope. The stanza above is Fate. Fate is the first step in Goethe’s Orphic birth. The rest of the poem is about growing up, entering adulthood, being an adult and then old age. He creates a complex whole within the whole of his consciousness.

Goethe expresses birth as an admission that was granted by someone else. His religious tone paints a vivid picture of reality. He mentions the laws of physical life, but there are other elements within his belief system that makes his reality valid to him. The self, as Goethe describes it, is answerable to these laws even though the witches and the prophets chose to believe otherwise. Matter to Goethe is living, and is formed by another form which imprints it with identical properties of knowing.

No comments: