By Ulrich Plass
Plass argues that Adorno’s essays on literature are of prime importance for an realizing of his aesthetics simply because they problem the conceptual barriers of philosophical discourse.
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Heine’s stereotypical topic, unrequited love, is a picture for homelessness, and the poetry dedicated to it's an try to draw estrangement itself into the field of intimate event. Now that the future which Heine sensed has been fulfilled actually, besides the fact that, the homelessness has additionally turn into everyone’s homelessness; all people were as badly injured of their beings and their language as Heine the outcast was once. His phrases stand in for his or her phrases: there's no longer any fatherland except the area during which nobody will be forged out any longer, the realm of really emancipated humanity. The wound that's Heine will heal purely in a society that has accomplished reconciliation. (NL 1: eighty five; GS eleven: a hundred) With this end, Adorno’s judgment on Heine comes complete circle because the success of a prefigural good judgment. First, Heine’s poetry succumbs too eagerly to the commercialization of language as typified via the arrival of journalism. in contrast to Baudelaire, Heine, the intense yet cynical late-Romantic, fails to discover an unique poetic imagery (“archetypes of modernity”) to reply safely to this old shift. the single approach to redeem Heine from Kraus’s verdict that he infected the actual language of poetry with The Wound 149 the reified language of trade is to show Heine into an impersonal determine symbolizing the failure of enlightenment. basically because the embodiment of failure can he be acknowledged to have succeeded. after which, from the viewpoint of postwar Germany, Heine turns into the anxious determine of a situation that you may name “universal homelessness. ” it's, in fact, back a determine which may be defined simply through a fancy philosophical analysis of a society that has no longer “achieved reconciliation. ” whereas “homelessness” isn't a philosophical proposal, it's a thought taken, as I confirmed in my comments on Adorno and Horkheimer’s excursus on Odysseus, from a thought of the epic. Adorno, within the bottom line, is attracted to Heine no longer as a lyrical poet yet as an epical determine. Adorno’s inversion of Heine’s failure into luck comes on the rate of turning the poet right into a mere determine for a common . What does it suggest whilst the lyric reverts to the epic? It means that Heine’s poetry turns into readable simply from a historic standpoint, basically via sweeping contextualization. Adorno doesn't spend any interpretive attempt on Heine’s poem. His awareness doesn't transcend the thematic—i. e. , his identity of Heine’s “stereotypical subject, unrequited love,” as “an picture for homelessness”—and for this reason his figuring out is proscribed to the symptomatic. by way of lowering the poem to a trifling symptom, he permits the context to win out over the textual content. specifically, Adorno—unlike the meticulous language-critic Kraus—offers no proof for the alleged reification of Heine’s language. His calling the poem an “intentionally fake folksong” infrequently qualifies as an interpretive perception. Adorno, it kind of feels, doesn't quote Heine’s poem for you to interpret it; particularly, he assumes that it'll communicate for itself.