This Bildungsroman is a tale of the Alps, of the Föhn that drives men wild,
Where the Northern Geist and the wine of the South are uneasily reconciled,
Mixing perhaps in the yodel, and in stories of beasts at the zoo
Told by bulbous-headed cripple Boppi; but Peter’s life only turns True
When he finally returns to his village, to embark on his ultimate work;
And there, reconciled to his Heimat, can see his way out of the murk.