Nature Park Travel - Europe off the beaten track
From Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: "West-Eastern Divan", translation by Paul Carus, 1915
Leaf of Eastern tree transplanted
Art thou one - one living being
To the question, pondered duly,
In China and Japan the ginko is a holy tree, its two-fold leaves are a symbol for the unity of opposites, for love.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe fell in love throughout his life, and, especially in his youth, women found him immensely attractive. Marianne von Willemer was 31 when she began to love 66 year old Johann Wolfgang. Goethe by then believed that there would be only world literature in the future, not national literature. He was reading oriental poets when he transformed his love for Marianne into the 'West Eastern Divan' and included - anonymously - Marianne von Willemer's inspired poems.
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