Friedrich Schiller, An die Freude [Ode to Joy]

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In his medical dissertation (1780) Schiller examined the way animal and spiritual sentiments function in the human body. In his storm and stress ode “To Joy” (1785), these feelings of anger and outrage are subdued by the joy of friendship in common cause against state organized tyranny. In later writings on “The Aesthetic Education of Man” (1795) he set out pragmatic rules to reform civic engagement with artistic skills that those after him institutionalized in theatre and music, in courts and schools, in political protests and rallies, all with the same focus to manage anger and rage in the art of living. The legacy of Schiller is the craft to free animal sentiments trapped in the body politic.

In Schiller’s poem, we see the joy of friendship in the opening lines, “Joy, thou

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Citation: Fink, Karl J.. "An die Freude". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 April 2021 [, accessed 20 April 2024.]

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