The following interpretation of Goethe’s poem "Das Gottliche" is not entirely original: If one considers the fame of the poem—who does not know by heart its first verse?—and the quantity of Goethe scholarship, it stands to reason that some of the ideas presented here can be found elsewhere. We will refer to such agreement at the appropriate place in the article. However, there are major points in our reading of "Das Gottliche" that are original and that let us see the poem in a new light.



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