Martin Heideggerâ€™s 1942 lecture course interprets Friedrich HĂ¶lderlinâ€™s hymn "The Ister" within the context of HĂ¶lderlinâ€™s poetic and philosophical work, with particular emphasis on HĂ¶lderlinâ€™s dialogue with Greek tragedy. Delivered in summer 1942 at the University of Freiburg, this course was first published in German in 1984 as volume 53 of Heidegger's Collected Works. Revealing for Heideggerâ€™s thought of the period are his discussions of the meaning of "the political" and "the national," in which he emphasizes the difficulty and the necessity of finding "oneâ€™s own" in and through a dialogue with "the foreign." In this context Heidegger reflects on the nature of translation and interpretation. A detailed reading of the famous chorus from Sophocles' Antigone, known as the "ode to man," is a key feature of the course.