"I am now for bourgeois architecture" -
Novalis as a Romantic Poet of the Mining Industry
The poet Novalis left his mark on the world of thought and poetry. His development of Romantic thought - partly following the philosophy of Johann Gottlieb Fichte, who was teaching in Jena at the time, of Immanuel Kant and the Dutchman Frans Hemsterhuis - had a lasting impact on his contemporaries and on the later epoch of New Romanticism at the end of the 19th century. After all, he was a well-respected figure of German literature to whom substantial studies were dedicated.
The profound thoughts of Novalis, which were often published in the form of short adages, aphorisms, sayings and fragments - so popular with German Early Romantics, have been taken up and developed throughout the world. On the basis of the republished Historisch-Kritische Ausgabe (Historical Criticism), the article examines the relationship between Novalis's novels and mining and puts it into the context of the Romantic attitude of mind and the start of the Industrial Revolution in Saxony. With reference to the technical writings of the poet, the author argues in favour of a new view of Novalis and his predictions of social upheavals in the industrial age of the 19th century.