Tuesday, September 14, 2010


About a Writer from the 18th Century - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe - Germany's Greatest Poet
By Pollux Parker

Born on August 28, 1749, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German poet and polymath and regarded by many as the Greatest Poet in Germany and one of the most significant thinkers of the Western Culture. His works extend to a number of various fields from poetry to drama to theology, literature, philosophy, and even science.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was the son of Johann Caspar Goethe and Catharina Elisabeth Textor. The young Goethe grew up in a large house located in Frankfurt, Germany receiving lessons from private tutors who introduced him to various languages such as Greek, Latin, English, and French. He also took up riding, fencing, and dancing lessons and has passion for drawing.

Goethe's "Magnum Opus," a drama with two parts, is considered as one of the most important literary works. He has also written poems such as "Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship" and his novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther." In addition, he wrote "Theory of Colours" where his ideas about plants and animal's morphology and homology were used and further developed by known scientists such as Charles Darwin. Goethe was also considered an important figure of German literature and the Weimar Classicism movement during the late 18th century.

Displaying great interest in literatures from different countries such as France, Persia, England, Arab world, classical Greece, and more, Goethe was also credited for being the originator of the Weltliteratur concept (world literature). Aside from his interest in literature, Goethe's influence on German philosophy is also widespread, having influenced the generations of Schelling and Hegel.

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