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Johann Gottfried von Herder

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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.

Born in Mohrungen (Morąg) in the Kingdom of Prussia, grew up in a poor household, educating himself from his father's Bible and songbook. In 1762, an introspective youth of seventeen, he enrolled at the local University of Königsberg, where he became a student of Immanuel Kant.

At the same time, Herder became an intellectual protégé of Johann Georg Hamann, a patriotic Francophobe and intensely subjective thinker who championed the emotions against ... more »

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Best Poem of Johann Gottfried von Herder

The Erl-King's Daughter

SIR OLF rode fast towards Thurlston's walls,
To meet his bride in his father's halls.

He saw blue lights flit over the graves;
The elves came forth from their forest-caves.

They danced anear on the glossy strand,
And the Erl-King's Daughter held out her hand.

"O, welcome, Sir Olf, to our jubilee!
Step into the circle and dance with me."

"I dare not dance, I dare not stay;
To-morrow will be my nuptial-day."

"Two golden spurs will I give unto thee,
And I pray thee, Sir Olf, to tarry with ...

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