Goethe's 'An den Mond,' first published in its final version in 1789, is generally considered a culmination of his art of the lyric. It also represents the first supreme achievement in the development of his special art of the evening poem during his thirties, the later phases being in his sixties (West-ostlicher Divan) and in his late seventies (Dammrung senkte sich von oben …' and 'Dem aufgehenden Vollmond'). Like several of his most well-known evening lyrics, it is a moon poem.



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