Dichters Land

November 30, 2009

Wer den Dichter will verstehen
Muss in Dichters Lande gehen.

Goethe.

If the poet you’d understand
Go you must in the poet’s land.

I read that these lines are frequently cited by guidebooks and corporations for the promotion of tourism in places where literary tourism is popular.  For myself, I had always read it as in injunction to try one’s hand at artistic production.

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