Rosemary Picozzi Balfour (essay date 1976)
SOURCE: “The Field of View in Goethe's Novelle,” in Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2, May, 1976, pp. 63-72.
[In the following essay, Balfour traces the various optical motifs in Goethe's Novelle and concludes that Goethe used the symbol of sight to “reveal the Universal, the divine and the miraculous.”]
The skill of any successful story-writer depends to a large extent upon his ability to stimulate the reader's imaginative powers so that a number of vivid scenes and visual impressions arise in his mind. As Goethe states in his Maximen und Reflexionen: ‘Der Dichter ist angewiesen auf Darstellung. Das Höchste derselben ist,...
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