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Samuel Taylor Coleridge and English Literary Romanticism

Samuel Taylor Coleridge and English Literary Romanticism

On July 25, 1834, English poet, literary critic and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge passed away. Together with his friend William Wordsworth, he is considered the founder of the Romantic Movement in England. He wrote the poems The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan, as well as the major prose work Biographia Literaria. His critical work, especially on Shakespeare, was highly influential, and he helped introduce German idealist philosophy to English-speaking…
August Wilhelm Schlegel and his Shakespeare Translations

August Wilhelm Schlegel and his Shakespeare Translations

August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767 – 1845) On September 8, 1767, German poet, translator, and critic August Wilhelm Schlegel was born, who became a foremost leader of German Romanticism. He is best known for his translations of Shakespeare‘s works into German. August Wilhelm Schlegel attended the school in Hannover, followed by the University of Göttingen, where he enrolled in 1787. At first, he studied theology, changing to classical philology and aesthetics…
William Butler Yeats and Modern English Literature

William Butler Yeats and Modern English Literature

William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) photo: Alice Boughton, 1903 On June 13, 1865, Irish poet William Butler Yeats was born. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and has become one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. In 1923 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. William Butler Yeats was born in Sandymount, County Dublin, Ireland to John Butler Yeats, a lawyer and a well-known…
The Poetry of Walt Whitman

The Poetry of Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) On May 31, 1819, American poet, essayist and journalist Walt Whitman was born. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Walt Whitman ended his formal education at the age of 11 in order to work…
Thomas Moore – Ireland’s National Bard

Thomas Moore – Ireland’s National Bard

Thomas Moore painting by Thomas Lawrence On May 28, 1779, Irish poet, singer, songwriter Thomas Moore was born. He is best remembered for the lyrics of “The Minstrel Boy” and “The Last Rose of Summer“. Moreover, he was responsible, with John Murray, for burning Lord Byron’s memoirs after his death. Thomas Moore had ambitions to become an actor from early age, as he appeared in plays with his friends in…
Charles Baudelaire and the Flowers of Evil

Charles Baudelaire and the Flowers of Evil

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) On April 9, 1821, French poet Charles Baudelaire was born. He produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe. Baudelaire is most famous work, Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil), expresses the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century. Baudelaire is considered one of the major innovators in French literature. His themes of…
William Wordsworth and the Romantic Age of English Literature

William Wordsworth and the Romantic Age of English Literature

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) On April 7, 1770, major English Romantic poet William Wordsworth was born. Together with with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wordsworth helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads. William Wordsworth was born at Cockermouth in Cumberland, son of John Wordsworth, who worked as an agent and rent collector for Sir James Lowther. Wordsworth’s father, although frequently away from home on…
George Smith and the Epic of Gilgamesh

George Smith and the Epic of Gilgamesh

George Smith (1840-1876) from an engravingin The Illustrated London News, 1875 On March 26, 1840, English Assyriologist George Smith was born. Besides his pioneering work in Assyriology, he first discovered and translated the Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest-known written work of literature. Moreover, its description of a flood, strikingly similar to the account in Genesis, had a stunning effect on Smith’s generation. If you like books and stories, you should…
Friedrich Hölderlin and the German Romanticism

Friedrich Hölderlin and the German Romanticism

Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) On March 20, 1770, major German lyric poet of Romanticism, Friedrich Hölderlin was born. Hölderlin was also an important thinker in the development of German Idealism, particularly his early association with and philosophical influence on his seminary roommates Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling. The poetry of Hölderlin, widely recognized today as one of the highest points of German literature, was little known or…
The Theatre of Bertolt Brecht

The Theatre of Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) On February 10, 1898, German poet, playwright, theatre director, and Marxist Bertolt Brecht was born. A theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht is best known for his contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production. There are few areas of modern theatrical culture that have not felt the impact or influence of Brecht’s ideas and practices. I’m from Germany. Thus, it is somehow self-evident that Bertolt Brecht was…
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