Haibun Monday: Solitude


Greetings dVerse poets around the world. It’s Kim back again to host this February’s Haibun Monday.

I regularly read Brain Pickings by Maria Popova and a recent one had an article about Hermann Hesse on solitude. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with Hermann Hesse and read his work avidly in German and English.  I no longer have my copies of Steppenwolf, Siddhartha or The Glass Bead Game, but I still cherish a German edition of a collection of his poetry and prose about trees, some of which I have translated.

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The article starts by describing how Hesse’s ideas about our human responsibility to ourselves and the world were expressed in his ‘Letter to a Young German’ and in his 1946 anthology If the War Goes On…, which was published the year he received the Nobel Prize, from both of which some of the quotations in the…

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