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  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Goethe was one of the key figures of German literature and the movement of German classicism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; this movement coincides with Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, Sensibility ("Empfindsamkeit"), and Romanticism, in all of which he participated to varying degrees.
Goethe in the Roman Campagna (1786) by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein.
Goethe was also a cultural force, and by researching folk traditions, he created many of the norms for celebrating Christmas, and argued that the organic nature of the land moulded the people and their customs—an argument that has recurred ever since, including recently in the work of Jared Diamond.
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 Goethe - MSN Encarta
Goethe’s poetry expresses a modern view of humanity’s relationship to nature, history, and society; his plays and novels reflect a profound understanding of human individuality.
Goethe’s importance can be judged by the influence of his critical writings, his vast correspondence, and his poetry, dramas, and novels upon the writers of his own time and upon the literary movements which he inaugurated and of which he was the chief figure.
Herder also taught Goethe to appreciate the plays of Shakespeare, in which the classic unities are largely discarded for the sake of direct emotional expression; and to realize the value of German folk poetry and German Gothic architecture as sources of inspiration for German literature.
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 Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Goethe’s lyric poems for Friederike Brion, daughter of the pastor of nearby Sesenheim, were written at this time as new texts for folk-song melodies.
Goethe’s exquisite lyrical poems, often inspired by existing songs, challenged contemporary composers to give their best in music, and such songs as “Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt” [only the lonely heart], “Kennst du das Land” [know’st thou the land], and Erlkönig were among the song texts most often set to music.
Goethe’s aim was to make his life a concrete example of the full range of human potential, and he succeeded as few others did.
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 GOETHE - LoveToKnow Article on GOETHE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The best elements in Goethes genius came from his mothers side; of a lively, impulsive disposition, and gifted with remarkable imaginative power, Frau Rat was the ideal mother of a poet; moreover, being hardly eighteen at the time of her sons birth, she was herself able to be the companion of his childhood.
Goethes life in Frankfort was a round of stimulating literary intercourse; in J. Merck (1741-1191), an army official in the neighboring town of Darmstadt, he found a friend and mentor, whose irony and common-sense served as a corrective to his own exuberance of spirits.
Goethes hero changed with the authors riper experience and with his new conceptions of mans place and duties in the world, but the Gretchen tragedy was taken over into the finished poem, practically unaltered, from the earliest Faust of the Sturm und Drang.
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 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (pronounced ['gø tə]) (August 28, 1749 – March 22, 1832) was a German writer, politician, humanist, scientist, and philosopher.
As a brilliant writer, Goethe was one of the paramount figures of German literature and European Romanticism during and around the 18th and 19th century.
The most important of Goethe's works produced before he went to Weimar were his tragedy Götz von Berlichingen (1773), which was the first work to bring him fame, and the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, influenced by James Macpherson's Ossian, which gained enormous popularity during the so-called Sturm und Drang period.
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 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Goethe's early education was somewhat irregular and informal, and already he was marked by that apparent feeling of superiority that stayed by him throughout his life.
In 1771 Goethe returned to Frankfurt, nominally to practice law, but he was soon deep in work on what was to be his first dramatic success, Götz von Berlichingen.
Goethe's invitation in 1775 to the court of Duke Karl August at Weimar was a turning point in the literary life of Germany.
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 Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Goethe was born in Frankfurt-am-Main, and studied law.
Goethe was educated privately and studied at Leipzig and Strasbourg, where he met Herder who introduced him to Shakespeare, the old German epics, and folk song.
He discovered the intermaxillary bone in the human jaw (thus anticipating Charles Darwin's link between humans and apes); and argued that the skull was a modification of the spine, and that all the parts of a plant are modifications of the leaf.
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 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
For ten years a leading political figure, Goethe was an acute observer of the great social and intellectual revolutions of the late 18th century and one of the earliest thinkers to explore the implications of the Industrial Revolution.
Goethe's major significance, however, is as an extremely sensitive and vulnerable individual who struggled through a wide range of human crises and left a critical record of this experience.
Goethe was probably greatest as a lyric poet, and his other works often take their strength from lyricism.
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 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
OHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE was born at Frankfort-on-Main in 1749.
Götz von Berlichingen was written at Strassburg (though not published until 1773); with this play Shakespeare's art first triumphed on the German stage, and the literary movement known as Sturm und Drang was inaugurated.
Goethe's broad outlook, his sympathy with and his deep knowledge of man and art, gave him a most catholic view, and possibly the best statement of his creed is found in Calvin Thomas' Goethe:.
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 Learn more about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (August 28, 1749 - March 22, 1832) was a German writer, scientist, and philosopher.
Goethe was the author of Faust (ISBN 0385031149) and Theory of Colors (ISBN 0262570211), etc. He inspired Darwin with his independent discovery of the human premaxilla jaw bones.
The most important of Goethe's works produced before he went to Weimar were his tragedy Götz von Berlichingen (1773), which first brought him fame, and The Sorrows of Young Werther, a novel which obtained enormous popularity during the so-called Sturm und Drang period.
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 Goethe Index
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - A biography of the German dramatist.
Goethe: Monologues - An index of monologues by Goethe.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Poems - An index of poems.
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 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Biography and Works
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, playwright, novelist and natural philosopher is best known for his two-part poetic drama Faust, (1808 - 1832) which he started around the age of twenty three and didn't finish till shortly before his death sixty years later.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born on 28 August, 1749, in Frankfurt, Germany, his father the Imperial Councillor Johann Kaspar Goethe and his mother Katharina Elisabeth Textor.
In 1786, Goethe travelled to Italy and was impressed by Greek and Roman sculpture, architecture and literature, and also met Christiane Vulpius, beautiful yet with little education, who became his wife in conscience and the mother of his children.
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 GOETHE (1749-1832) - ON HIS 250TH BIRTHDAY
Johann Wolfgang Goethe was born on 28 Aug. 1749 into a patrician family in Frankfurt/Main.
Goethe's own dissolved engagement is mirrored in "Lili Lieder" and the play "Stella." Numerous and powerful "Sturm und Drang" poems fill the period before he accepted young Prince Carl August's invitation to the court at Weimar in 1775.
Goethe was not only the friend and quasi educator of the prince, but assumed administrative responsibilities for the Duchy of Sachsen-Weimar as well, from inspecting its mines to presiding over the finance chambers.
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The Romantic period in Germany (the late eighteenth and early nineteengh centuries) is known as the age of Goethe, and Goethe embodies the concerns of the generation defined by the legacies of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanual Kant, and the French Revolution.
Goethe's seventeen months in Strasbourg are usually identified as one of the major turning points in his career, although the changes that took place were clearly prepared by his activities and reading of the preceding year.
Goethe's great contribution to the development of autobiography was his recognition that the individual can only be understood in his historical context and that all autobiographical writing is historiography.
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 ArtandCulture Artist: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Goethe's first play, "The Dramatized History of Gottfried von Berlichingen of the Iron Hand" (1771), broke new ground in German theater by insisting that drama need not represent immense, epic themes.
Goethe’s lifelong attraction to both the emotional and the logical is embodied in his masterpiece, "Faust" (1832).
It is befitting that the play was published posthumously; "Faust" incorporated all of Goethe’s stylistic and thematic tendencies, leaving behind a monument to its author's combination of exalted learning and love of all that's fundamentally human.
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 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was (and is) not only the preeminent figure in all of German literature but also--owing to the remarkable broadness and brilliance of his accomplishments--the prime instance of a "universal genius" in the history of European culture.
Although the Transcendentalists were prone to distrust Goethe's broad-minded humanism, they nevertheless defended him from the accusations of "immorality" of their more conservative Unitarian peers.
Goethe and Richter were his heroes: their methods and opinions are of the greatest account with him; and he leaves nothing unexplained of the intellectual foundations on which they builded.
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Generally recognized as one of the greatest and most versatile European writers and thinkers of modern times, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, (born Aug. 28, 1749, died Mar. 22, 1832), profoundly influenced the growth of literary romanticism.
Goethe's six-volume autobiography, Aus meinem Leben: Dichtung und Wahrheit (1811-22), recalls his upbringing as a chaotic experience, but it may have been the most stimulating possible nourishment for his synthesizing mind.
Goethe spent much of his time in nearby Jena and from 1794 to 1805 developed an intense collaboration with Friedrich Schiller, a union that many regard as a high point in German letters.
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 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Goethe discovered how thinking could be applied to organic nature, and he understood that this experience requires not rational concepts but a whole new way of perceiving.
The Goethe Society of North America was founded in December 1979 in San Francisco as a non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement of research on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) and his age.
It is difficult to know where to place Goethe: he was a German writer, the leader of the German Romantic movement; he was a philosopher; but, foremost, he was a scientist...
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 Aspirennies.com, Poets, poetry, romance, love poems, romantic poetry, love quotes, erotic poetry
Goethe was born in Frankfurt am Main into a well-to-do middle-class family.
His father, Johann, withdrew from public life and educated his children himself.
At 16, Goethe began his studies at the university in Leipzig, then a leading cultural center.
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 The Invisible Basilica: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Goethe poured the entire vast reservoir of his wisdom and talent into this semi-autobiographical work, which deals with the spirit of Western Man, the dualistic dilemma between spiritual longing and sensual desires, aspiration and indulgence; and the drive for access to the infinite through knowledge.
Goethe's aim as an artist was always to uplift and liberate the human race.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von; Faust, a Dramatic Poem, translated and introduced by Anna Swanwick, A.L. Burt Co., NY Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von; Faust, Part One, translated by Philip Wayne, Harmondsworth and Baltimore, 1960
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 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German poet, dramatist and philosopher, Goethe was born August 28, 1749 at Frankfort-on-Maine and died at Weimer on March 22, 1832
Not only is he remembered as author of Götz von Berlichingen and Faust but he had an accomplished career as Minister of State for Weimer.
Goethe's writings contain many favorable allusions to Freemasonry, most notably, the Masonic Shield and The Hidden Meaning In his dying moments, his last words were, "More Light!"
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 Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe at LiteratureClassics.com -- essays, resources
Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a brilliant, multifaceted Germany poet, playwright, novelist, naturalist and philosopher.
The major influence on Goethe as a young and upcoming writer was Ephraim Herder, who initiated him into the domains of folklore, Shakespearean drama and Gothic architecture.
Goethe and His Influence -- A very brief introduction to Goethe, along with selected quotes from Faust.
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 Shadow Poetry -- Resources -- Famous Poets -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Goethe's personality shows through everywhere in his writings, and many readers have found Goethe himself to be even more fascinating than the characters in his stories and poems.
Goethe was born in Frankfurt, Germany, on August 28, 1749.
Goethe died in Weimar on March 22, 1832.
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 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The novel remains in print in dozens of languages and is referenced frequently in the context of the young disaffected and moody hero - a Romeo figure.
Goethe's words inspired a number of composistions by, among others, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Wolf.
Although a doubtful success of Goethe in this field, the famous line from the drama "Götz von Berlichingen" ("Er kann mich im Arsche lecken" - "He can kiss my ass") has become a vulgar idiom in many languages and shows Goethe's deep cultural impact extending across social, national and linguistic borders.
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