zondag 25 september 2011

friedrich schiller als essayist

Although Friedrich von Schiller is principally known as a dramatist, he also produced a substantial body of critical and theoretical writings during the course of his career, some of which might be described as essays. The term "essay" requires some qualification, however, if it is to be applied to Schiller's work: his theoretical writings are never familiar or personal in tone and he is never concerned with trivia or with capturing the fleeting impressions of ordinary human existence. His vision is consistently broad and grand - but it is given life and energy through the dynamic, rhetorical style and organizational skills of the born dramatist, and underpinned by a distinctly practical concern (whether explicit or implicit) with how literary works can be put together effectively, and with the role they fulfill in the world. […]