Matthias Claudius

Matthias Claudius

Birth
Kreis Stormarn, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Death 21 Jan 1815 (aged 74)
Hamburg, Germany
Burial Wandsbek, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany
Memorial ID 128339374 · View Source
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Poet and editor of "Der Wandsbecker Bothe."
He was born in Reinfeld near Lübeck, the son of a Lutheran pastor, and studied theology at Jena. Most of his life was spent in Wandbeck (modern spelling is Wandbek), where he supported himself by working in a bank and otherwise dedicated himself to literature. His journal published Johann Gottfried Herder, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, and Friedrich Klopstock, influential literary critics of their day, who, like Claudius, opposed French rationalism and promoted simpler, more pious, even childlike qualities in writing. His poem "Death and the Maiden" inspired Franz Schubert's string quartet of the same name. His most famous poem is undoubtedly "Der Mond ist aufgegangen" ("The Moon Has Risen").


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  • Created by: K. C. Mellem
  • Added: 22 Apr 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 128339374
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Matthias Claudius (15 Aug 1740–21 Jan 1815), Find a Grave Memorial no. 128339374, citing Friedhof an der Wandsbeker Christuskirche, Wandsbek, Wandsbek, Hamburg, Germany ; Maintained by K. C. Mellem (contributor 47424941) .