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Famous German Poets - Famous Poets from Germany

A list of famous poets by country or nationality which includes poems and biographical information of the most famous poets. Read and enjoy famous poetry by famous Poets of various nationalities and countries.

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Andersch, Alfred

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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Bachmann, Ingeborg

An Austrian poet and author.. Austrian poet and author
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Ben, Gottfried

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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Böll, Heinrich

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

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

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

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

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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Campert, Jan

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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Claudius, Matthias

Matthias Claudius (August 15, 1740 – January 21, 1815) was a German poet, otherwise known by the penname of “Asmus”.. German poet also known by the penname of “Asmus”.
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Eminescu, Mihai

Mihai Eminescu (Romanian pronunciation: ; born Mihail Eminovici; January 15, 1850 – June 15, 1889) was a Romantic poet, novelist and journalist, often regarded as the most famous and influential Romanian poet. Eminescu was an active member of the Junimea literary society and he worked as an editor for the newspaper Timpul ("The Time"), the official newspaper of the Conservative Party (1880–1918). His first poems volume was published when he was 16 and he went to Vienna to study when he was 19. The poet's Manuscripts, containing 46 volumes and approximately 14,000 pages, were offered by Titu Maiorescu as a gift to the Romanian Academy during the meeting that was held on January 25, 1902. Notable works include Luceafarul ("Evening Star"), Oda în metru antic (Ode in Ancient Meter), and the five Letters (Epistles/Satires). In his poems he frequently used metaphysical, mythological and historical subjects. In general his work was influenced by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.. Romanian Romantic poet novelist and journalist
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Ende, Michael

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

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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Fontane, Theodor

Theodor Fontane (German pronunciation: ; 30 December 1819 – 20 September 1898) was a German novelist and poet, regarded by many as the most important 19th-century German-language realist writer.. German novelist and poet; German language realist writer
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Frisch, Max

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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George, Stefan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

. German-Swiss poet novelist and painter
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Hochhuth, Rolf

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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