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XXVIII A world-literature in Eckermann's Conversations with Goethe that poet is represented as having said, in January, 1827, that the time for separate national literatures had gone by. Nation
own especial models Aristophanes, Cervantes, and Moliere —a Greek, a Spaniard, and a Frenchman.
Goethe himself thinks that we cannot comprehend Calderon without Hafiz,—
Nur wer Hafis liebt und ke breaking — up and rearranging, the preparation for a world-literature has been so neglected.
If Goethe's view is correct,— and who stands for the modern world if Goethe does not?—then no one is fitteGoethe does not?—then no one is fitted to give the higher literary training in our colleges who has not had some training in world-literature for himself, who does not know something of Calderon through knowing something of Hafiz.
And observe that Goethe himself is compelled to recognize the fact that in this worldliterature, whether we will or no, we must recognize the exceptional position of the Greek product.
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