Dear Nancy,

CR wrote:
"The initial capitals of Wind, Home, and Child are remarkable"

As you wrote, there is nothing remarkable about that since nouns are capitalized in German,
but, contrary to English usage, no capital for the adjective "irisch" :

However, in TSE's Tristan und Isolde quote the first words of each line are, which is quite unusual, distracting to the flow of words..

Below the excerpt from the original Wagner libretto.


Am 10.01.2009 um 05:45 schrieb Nancy Gish:

Dear Gunnar,
What bothers you about the capitalization, since unless I have forgotten everything from four years of German, those words would all simply be in caps?  And why would "Irisch" not be in caps?  It is capitalized like any name of a nationality of language, like English or French or German.  It may not be spelled that way in Wagner--is it?

>>> Gunnar Jauch <[log in to unmask]>01/09/09 9:13 PM >>>

Am 10.01.2009 um 02:13 schrieb Chokh Raj:

the wider context
Incidentally, the poet of TWL must have taken cognizance of
the note of caution implied in the sailor's song from
Tristan und Isolde :
Frisch weht der Wind
Der Heimat zu.
Mein Irisch Kind,
Wo weilest du?
(Fresh blows the Wind
From Home.
My Irish Child,
Where are you lingering?)    [from memory only]
The initial capitals of Wind, Home, and Child are remarkable.
... the violet hour, the evening hour that strives
Homeward, and brings the sailor home from sea
In my reading, the dry salvages fail to bring the voyagers back
home in every sense of the term.

Dear CR,

Eliot's capitalization of this verse always bothered me --

Stimme des jungen Seemanns
(vom Mast her, aus der Höhe)

Frisch weht der Wind
der Heimat zu:
mein irisch Kind,
wo weilest du?
Sind's deiner Seufzer Wehen,
die mir die Segel blähen?
Wehe, wehe, du Wind!
Weh, ach wehe, mein Kind!

This is how we know it, no capital, a continuous text.
Besides: the capitalized "irisch" is wrong.


Tomorrow I happen to be invited (by my ex!) to an apparently fantastic performance of T+I at the ZurichOperaHouse

A joker friend of mine once asked my why it's called that way:

"Fängt trist an und hört nicht auf wann sie sollde", meaning:

"Starts sad and doesn't stop when it should"

funny pun in German...

Sorry for the digression:


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