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This famous German poets section is an educational source of information and inspiration featuring reknown German poets. Here you will find famous poets of our time and times past from Germany.

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Andersch, Alfred

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Alfred Hellmuth Andersch (4 February 1914 – 21 February 1980) was a German writer, publisher, and radio editor. The son of a conservative East Prussian army officer, he was born in Munich, Germany and died in Berzona, Ticino, Switzerland. Martin Andersch, his brother, was also a writer.. German writer publisher.
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Arndt, Ernst Moritz

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Ernst Moritz Arndt, a German poet and patriot, whose memory is much revered by the whole German people, one of the first to rouse his countrymen to shake off the tyranny of Napoleon; his songs and eloquent appeals went straight to the heart of the nation and contributed powerfully to its liberation; his "Geist der Zeit" made him flee the country after the battle of Jena, and his "Was ist des Deutschen Vaterland?" strikes a chord in the breast of every German all the world over (1710-1860).
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Bachmann, Ingeborg

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An Austrian poet and author.. Austrian poet and author
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Baumbach, Rudolf

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Rudolf Baumbach (1840-1905), German poet, was born at Kranichfeld on the Ilm in Thuringia, on the 28th of September 1840, the son of a local medical practitioner, and received his early schooling at the gymnasium of Meiningen, to which place his father had removed.
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Ben, Gottfried

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Gottfried Benn (2 May 1886 Putlitz, Brandenburg – 7 July 1956 West Berlin ) was a German essayist, novelist, and expressionist poet. A doctor of medicine, he initially welcomed but soon thereafter criticized the National Socialist regime.
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Bodenstedt, Friedrich Martin Von

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German author, was born at Peine, in Hanover, on the 22nd of April 1819.
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Böll, Heinrich

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Heinrich Theodor Böll (December 21, 1917 – July 16, 1985) was one of Germany's foremost post-World War II writers. Böll was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize in 1967 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972.. one of Germany's foremost post-World War II writers
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Brecht, Bertolt

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Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director.. German playwright poet lyricist notable work: the Three-penny Opera
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Brentano, Clemens

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Clemens Brentano, or Klemens Brentano (September 9, 1778 – July 28, 1842) was a German poet and novelist.. German poet and novelist
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Brockes , Barthold Heinrich

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Barthold Heinrich Brockes (September 22, 1680 – January 16, 1747) was a German poet.
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Büchner, Georg

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Karl Georg Büchner (17 October 1813 – 19 February 1837) was a German dramatist and writer of prose. He was the brother of physician and philosopher Ludwig Büchner. Büchner's talent is generally held in great esteem in Germany. It is widely believed that, but for his early death, he might have attained the significance of such central German literary figures as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller.. German dramatist and writer of poetry and prose
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Bürger, Gottfried August

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GOTTFRIED AUGUST BÜRGER (1748-1794), German poet, was born on the 1st of January 1748 at Molmerswende near Halberstadt, of which village his father was the Lutheran pastor.
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Cach, Simon

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German lyrical poet, was born at Memel in East Prussia on the 29th of July 1605.
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Campert, Jan

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Jan Remco Theodoor Campert (Spijkenisse, The Netherlands August 15, 1902 — January 12, 1943) was a journalist, theater critic and writer who lived in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II Campert was arrested for aiding the Jews. He was held in the Neuengamme concentration camp, where he died.. Dutch poet and journalist
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Canitz, Friedrich Rudolf Ludwig

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German poet and diplomatist, was born at Berlin on the 27th of November 1654.
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Celtes, Konrad

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German humanist and Latin poet, the son of a vintner named Pickel (of which Celtes is the Greek translation), was born at Wipfeld near Schweinfurt.
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Chamisso, Adelbert Von

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German poet and botanist, was born at the château of Boncourt in Champagne, France, the ancestral seat of his family, on the 30th of January 1781.
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Claudius, Matthias

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A German poet, otherwise known by the penname of “Asmus”.. German poet also known by the penname of “Asmus”.
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Cornelius, Carl August Peter

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German musician and poet, son of an actor at Wiesbaden, grandson of the engraver Ignaz Cornelius, and nephew of Cornelius the painter, was born at Mainz on the 24th of December 1824.
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Dahn, Julius Sophus Felix

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German historian, jurist and poet, was born on the 9th of February 1834 in Hamburg, where his father, Friedrich Dahn (1811-1889), was a leading actor at the city theatre.
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Dietrich of Bern,

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Dietrich of Bern, the name given in German popular poetry to Theodoric the Great.
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Dingelstedt, Franz Von

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German poet and dramatist, was born at Halsdorf, in Hesse Cassel, on the 30th of June 1814.
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Eckermann, Johann Peter

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German poet and author, best known owing to his association with Goethe, was born at Winsen in Hanover on the 21st of September 1792, of humble parentage, and was brought up in penury and privation.
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Eminescu, Mihai

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Mihai Eminescu was a Romantic poet, novelist and journalist, often regarded as the most famous and influential Romanian poet.
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Ende, Michael

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Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende (12 November 1929 – 28 August 1995) was a German author of fantasy and children's literature. He is best known for his epic fantasy work The Neverending Story; other famous works include Momo and Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver. His works have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 20 million copies, and have been adapted into motion pictures, stage plays, operas and audio books.. German author of fantasy poetry and children's literature
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Ernst, Max

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Max Ernst (2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976) was a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and poet. A prolific artist, Ernst is considered to be one of the primary pioneers of the Dada movement and Surrealism.. German painter sculptor graphic artist and poet; a pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism
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Fabricius, Georg

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German poet, historian and archaeologist, was born at Chemnitz in upper Saxony on the 23rd of April 1516, and educated at Leipzig.
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Fleming, Paul

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German poet, was born at Hartenstein in the Saxon Erzgebirge, on the 5th of October 1609, the son of the village pastor.
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Follen, August

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August Follen (or, as he afterwards called himself, Adolf) LUDWIG (1794-1855), German poet, was born at Giessen on the 21st of January 1794, the son of a district judge.
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Follen, Karl

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Karl Follen (1795-1840), German poet and patriot, brother of A.L. Follen, was born at Romrod in Hesse-Darmstadt, on the 5th of September 1795.
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Fontane, Theodor

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Theodor Fontane (1819-1898), German poet and novelist, was born at Neu-Ruppin on the 30th of December 1819. At the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to a chemist, and after qualifying as an apothecary, he found employment in Leipzig and Dresden.
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Förster, Friedrich Christoph

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German historian and poet, was the second son of Karl Christoph Förster (1751-1811), and consequently a brother of the painter, Ernest Joachim Förster (1800-1885).
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Frauenlob,

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FRAUENLOB, the name by which Heinrich von Meissen, a German poet of the 13th century, is generally known.
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Freidank,

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FREIDANK (Vrîdanc), the name by which a Middle High German didactic poet of the early 13th century is known.
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Freiligrath, Ferdinand

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German poet, was born at Detmold on the 17th of June 1810.
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Frisch, Max

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Max Rudolf Frisch (May 15, 1911 – April 4, 1991) was a Swiss playwright and novelist, regarded as highly representative of German-language literature after World War II. In his creative works Frisch paid particular attention to issues relating to problems of human identity, individuality, responsibility, morality and political commitment. His use of irony is a significant feature of his post-war publications. Frisch was a member of the Gruppe Olten. He was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1986.
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Frischlin, Philipp Nikodemus

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German philologist and poet, was born on the 22nd of September 1547 at Balingen in Württemberg, where his father was parish minister.
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Geibel, Emanuel

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German poet, was born at Lübeck on the 17th of October 1815, the son of a pastor in the city.
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Gellert, Christian Fürchtegott

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German poet, was born at Hainichen in the Saxon Erzgebirge on the 4th of July 1715.
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George, Stefan

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Stefan Anton George (12 July 1868 – 4 December 1933) was a German poet, editor, and translator.. German poet editor and translator
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Gerhardt, Paul

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Paul Gerhardt (12 March 1607 – 27 May 1676) was a German hymn writer. He is commemorated as a hymnwriter in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church on 26 October with Philipp Nicolai and Johann Heermann.. German hymn writer
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Gottfried Herder, Johann

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Johann Gottfried von Herder (25 August 1744 – 18 December 1803) was a German philosopher, theologian, poet, and literary critic. He is associated with the periods of Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, and Weimar Classicism.. German philosopher theologian poet and literary critic
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Gottlieb Klopstock, Friedrich

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Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (pronounced ; 2 July 1724 – 14 March 1803) was a German poet.. German poet
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Grass, Günter

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Günter Wilhelm Grass (born 16 October 1927) is a Nobel Prize-winning German author, poet, playwright, sculptor and artist.. German novelist poet playwright illustrator graphic artist and sculptor; 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature
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Härtling, Peter

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Peter Härtling (born 13 November 1933; Chemnitz) is a German writer and poet. He is a member of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and he received the Großes Verdienstkreuz for his major contribution to German literature.. German writer and poet
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Hauptmann, Gerhart

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Gerhart Hauptmann (15 November 1862 – 6 June 1946) was a German dramatist and novelist who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1912.. German dramatist poet and novelist; Nobel Prize in Literature in 1912
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Heine, Heinrich

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Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (13 December 1797 – 17 February 1856) was one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century. He was also a journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of Lieder (art songs) by composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. Heine's later verse and prose is distinguished by its satirical wit and irony. His radical political views led to many of his works being banned by German authorities. Heine spent the last 25 years of his life as an expatriate in Paris.. German poet journalist essayist and literary critic
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Hesse, Hermann

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. German-Swiss poet novelist and painter
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Hochhuth, Rolf

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Rolf Hochhuth (born 1 April 1931, in Eschwege ) is a German author and playwright. He is best known for his 1963 drama The Deputy and remains a controversial figure for his plays and other public comments, such as his insinuation of Pope Pius XII's indifference to Hitler's extermination of the Jews in his play The Deputy (1963) and his 2005 defense of Holocaust denier David Irving .
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Hölderlin, Friedrich

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Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin (German pronunciation: ; 20 March 1770 – 7 June 1843) was a major German lyric poet, commonly associated with the artistic movement known as Romanticism. Hölderlin was also an important thinker in the development of German Idealism, particularly his early association with and philosophical influence on his seminary roommates and fellow Swabians Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling.. German lyric poet; associated with Romanticism
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