Schiller - Vol. 1

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SECTION II
FROM "THE ROBBERS" TO "DON CARLOS"

CHAPTER I
SCHILLER'S LIFE FROM HIS LEAVING THE KARLSSCHULE UNTIL HE FIRST WENT TO LIVE IN WEIMAR

SCHILLER'S dramatic works, which are his principal gift to the nation, fall quite naturally into two great groups. The first includes the works of his youth from "The Robbers" to "Don Carlos," the second the works of his mature years from "Wallenstein" to "William Tell." Although "Don Carlos" brings us with the poet into a new and higher world, yet the works of his youth belong together as an expression of the same spirit, just as the fully self- conscious artistic spirit permeates the whole group of dramas beginning with "Wallenstein." In this sense Schiller's first removal to Weimar is the great turning point of his career. There in Weimar those developments begin through which he outgrows his youth and gains the actual maturity of his nature. But this whole period, from his leaving the Academy until he went to live in Weimar, can only be seen in its unity

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