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Gottfried Benn

(2 May 1886 / Putlitz, Brandenburg)

Gottfried Benn
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Gottfried Benn was born at Mansfeld, Prussia, the son of a Lutheran minister. The poet's earliest influences were the stern discipline of his father, whom he grew to hate, and the gentle romanticism of his Swiss mother, whom he adored. Eldest son in a large family, he entertained his brothers and sisters with fairy tales of his own creation. Although interested in a literary career, he studied medicine and graduated with honors from the Kaiser Wilhelm Academy for Military Doctors.
His mother's death from cancer prompted Benn, then 26, to compose his first major poetic effort, Morgue (1912) . This work emphasizes nature's indifference to human values and is characterized by melancholy ... more »

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