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The Seasons of the Soul: The Poetic Guidance and Spiritual Wisdom of Herman Hesse


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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 thefirst 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, in a renewedrelationship 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 afigure 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 ofHesse's life.

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

About the Author

Hermann Hesse’s novels include Demian, Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and The Glass Bead Game. The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, he died in 1962 at age 85. Ludwig Max Fischer, PhD, has been professor of German and comparative mythology for over forty years, most recently at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

North Atlantic Books
Poetry : Inspirational & Religious
Fischer, Ludwig Max, Ph.D
Harvey, Andrew
Hesse, Hermann
Poetry : General
Publication Date:
October 2011

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