Famous German Poets - Famous Poets from Germany

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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Rilke, Rainer Maria

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Rainer Maria Rilke was a Bohemian–Austrian poet and art critic. He is considered one of the most significant poets in the German language.
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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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von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang

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A German polymath: he was a poet, novelist, dramatist, humanist, scientist, theorist and painter.. German writer artist and politician
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Schiller, Friedrich von

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Friedrich von Schiller: German poet. Friedrich von Schiller poems, poetry, biography, quotes, poems, Friedrich von Schiller biography.
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Kästner, Erich

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Emil Erich Kästner (German pronunciation) (23 February 1899 – 29 July 1974) was a German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature.. German author poet screenwriter and satirist
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Bachmann, Ingeborg

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An Austrian poet and author.. Austrian poet and author
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Von Eichendorff, Joseph Freiherr

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Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (10 March 1788 – 26 November 1857) was a German poet and novelist of the later German romantic school.. German poet and novelist of the later German romantic school
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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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Mann, Thomas

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Thomas Mann (6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and 1929 Nobel laureate. His highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas are noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. His analysis and critique of the European and German soul used modernized German and Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Goethe, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer. Mann was a member of the Hanseatic Mann family, and portrayed his own family and social class in the novel Buddenbrooks. His older brother was the radical writer Heinrich Mann, and three of his six children, Erika Mann, Klaus Mann and Golo Mann, also became important German writers. When Hitler came to power in 1933, Mann fled to Switzerland. When World War II broke out in 1939, he emigrated to the United States, whence he returned to Switzerland in 1952. Thomas Mann is one of the best-known exponents of the so-called Exilliteratur .
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Tucholsky, Kurt

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Kurt Tucholsky (January 9, 1890 – December 21, 1935) was a German-Jewish journalist, satirist and writer. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Kaspar Hauser, Peter Panter, Theobald Tiger and Ignaz Wrobel. Born in Berlin-Moabit, he moved to Paris in 1924 and then to Sweden in 1930.. German-Jewish journalist satirist and writer
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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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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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Maria Remarque, Erich

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Erich Maria Remarque (22 June 1898 – 25 September 1970), born Erich Paul Remark, was a German author, best known for his novel All Quiet on the Western Front .
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Hesse, Hermann

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. German-Swiss poet novelist and painter
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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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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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Novalis,

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Novalis (German: [no'vals] ) was the pseudonym of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg (May 2, 1772 – March 25, 1801), a poet, an author and philosopher of early German Romanticism .
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Morgenstern, Christian

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Christian Otto Josef Wolfgang Morgenstern (May 6, 1871 in Munich– March 31, 1914 in Meran) was a German author and poet from Munich. Morgenstern married Margareta Gosebruch von Liechtenstern on March 7, 1910. He worked for a while as a journalist in Berlin, but spent much of his life traveling through Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, primarily in a vain attempt to recover his health. His travels, though they failed to restore him to health, allowed him to meet many of the foremost literary and philosophical figures of his time in central Europe.. German author and poet
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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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Paul, Jean

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Jean Paul (21 March 1763 – 14 November 1825), born Johann Paul Richter, was a German Romantic writer, best known for his humorous novels and stories.
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Tieck, Ludwig

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Johann Ludwig Tieck (May 31, 1773 – April 28, 1853) was a German poet, translator, editor, novelist, writer of Novellen, and critic, who was one of the founding fathers of the Romantic movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.. German poet translator editor novelist and critic
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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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Mühsam, Erich

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Erich Mühsam (6 April 1878 – 10 July 1934) was a German-Jewish anarchist essayist, poet and playwright. He emerged at the end of World War I as one of the leading agitators for a federated Bavarian Soviet Republic.. German-Jewish antimilitarist anarchist essayist poet and playwright
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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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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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