Friedrich Leopold Freiherr von Hardenberg
"We are near awakening when we dream
that we dream." (1798)
Novalis was born into nobility and educated in law at Jena.
However, his heart lay elsewhere. He became friends with
Schlegel, Tieck, and other early Romantics in 1797. He was
often published in the Athenaeum, and became involved in
the Fruhromantiker circle. An outpouring of his romantic
ideas surged through his lyric poetry upon the death of
his fiancée, Sophie von Kühn. Hymnen die Nacht
(Hymns to the Night) published in 1800, which was dedicated
to Sophie, became his best-known work. Novalis constantly
had visions of a "blue flower," which served as
the bulk of the imagery in his unfinished work, Heinrich
von Ofterdingen (1802). Heinrich's search for the elusive
blue flower, a symbol of futility, as well as Novalis' other
work greatly influenced the budding German Romantic movement.
His Romantic ideas of human spirituality, love, and beauty,
prospered to nourish Romanticism in its infancy.
Hymnen die Nacht (1800)
Heinrich von Ofterdingen (1802)
Glaube und Liebe (1798)
Christendom or Europe (1826)
"Novalis." Pegasos- Literature
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