The poems that Hölderlin wrote between 1800 and 1806 draw on traditions and discourses in religion, the arts, and natural science in order to develop a Neue Religion (“New Religion”). Five poems are taken as examples in order to investigate the syncretistic combining of coherent bodies of knowledge and the ambiguity of the religious concepts employed. The various connotations upon which the New Religion is based are thus brought to light.
Moritz Strohschneider, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. Munich, Germany.