By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The easiest translation of Faust to be had, this quantity offers the unique German textual content and its English counterpart on dealing with pages. Walter Kaufmann's translation conveys the poetic good looks and rhythm in addition to the complicated intensity of Goethe's language. comprises half One and choices from half .

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Phorkyas, in the proscenium, raises herself to gigantic height, steps down, takes off mask and veil, and shows herself as Mephistopheles in order to of.. n ACT FOUR High mountains (lines 10,039-10,344): A cloud approaches, parts, and Faust emerges. After a fine soliloquy, 1. 40 1ntroductwn «a seven-league boot appears, another follows soon. Mephistopheles gets off. p Faust is impressed by the grandeur of nature, Mephisto is not. Mephisto spices his remarks with quotations from and allusions to Ephesians 6: 12 and Matthew 4, the reference& being given in the text.

If anybody can produce a collection of passages better than Goethe's, let him offer these creations as his OWDwith apologies to Goethe, if necessary. Most attempts at improvements, however, would never deserve a reading in their own right. Shelley did not take such liberties when he translated the "Prologue in Heaven" from Faust; when he had some. thing of his own to say, he did it over his own name. nslator as poet were true. Rilke did a great deal of translating, much of it superb, but never took the liberties which most trans- 48 Introduction lators claim as their unalienable rights.

First day at the university. The young Bae.. calaureus is very full of himseH and extremely aggressive, leading Mephisto to say: Introduction 35 You do not seem to know how rude you are. In German, this line is often quoted, as is the retort: When you're polite in German, you are lying. At that point, Mephisto, whose chair has casters, rolls forward to the front of the stage and addresses the audi.. ence: Up he,e, I fear, I'm quite unpopular; Will you g,ant me asylum, if he becomes too trying? " His final speech isa parody of philosophical Idealism·· ("'The world was not till I created· if'), and commentators have ar...

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