The Seasons of the Soul

The Seasons of the Soul

The Poetic Guidance and Spiritual Wisdom of Herman Hesse

Author: Hermann Hesse Foreword by: Andrew Harvey Translator: Ludwig Max Fischer, Ph.D.

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This never-before-seen collection of poems offers the lyrical insights and spiritual wisdom of the Nobel Prize-winning author of Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and The Glass Bead Game—who inspired millions as he forged cultural bridges between the East and West.

Vowing at an early age “to be a poet or nothing at all,” Hermann Hesse rebelled against formal education, focusing on a rigorous program of independent study that included literature, philosophy, art, and history. One result of these efforts was a series of novels that became counterculture bibles that remain widely influential today. Another was a body of evocative spiritual poetry. Published for the first time in English, these vivid, probing short works reflect deeply on the challenges of life and provide a spiritual solace that transcends specific denominational hymns, prayers, and rituals.

The Seasons of the Soul
offers valuable guidance in poetic form for those longing for a more meaningful life, seeking a sense of homecoming in nature, in each stage of life, and in a renewed relationship with the divine. Extensive quotations from his prose introduce each theme addressed in the book: love, imagination, nature, the divine, and the passage of time. A foreword by Andrew Harvey reintroduces us to a figure about whom some may have believed everything had already been said. Thoughtful commentary throughout from translator Ludwig Max Fischer helps readers understand the poems within the context of Hesse’s life.

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Weight 0.475 lbs
Dimensions 9.000 × 6.010 × 0.400 in

ebook, paperback

Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 136
Release Date: 2011-10-11
Paperback 9781583943137
Ebook 9781583943410

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