THE LAST YEARS OF SCHIELLER'S LIFE
NO one suspected that "Tell" would be Schiller's last great work. All his powers were still striving toward new tasks. His life, his creative ability, and his thought were in no wise ended or impaired. He had freed himself from Jena and had no expectation of dying in Weimar. With confident power he still strove toward higher goals. All outward circumstances seemed to him trivial and insignificant in comparison with his lifework, which was yet to be done. We will briefly narrate his experiences during these last years.
With each new work his place in the literary movement of the time became more secure. But how swiftly that productive time was moving he had to experience in his own person. He still had to be troubled with the survivors of the older generation and their platitudes, and he observed with increasing vexation how even a man like Herder set himself against the new life and lagged behind in feeble glorification of a literature that had been sur-