Angelus Silesius

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Angelus Silesius
Johann Scheffler
Birthday
BirthplaceBreslau, Silesia (now Wrocław, Poland)
Died
NationalitySilesian (German, Polish)
Occupation
Physician, priest, mystic and religious poet

Silesius, Angelus:

see Angelus SilesiusAngelus Silesius
, pseud. of Johannes Scheffler
, 1624–77, German poet. He is best known for his pastoral lyric cycles Heilige Seelenlust (1657–68) and Cherubinischer Wandersmann
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Angelus Silesius

(ăn`jələs sĭlē`zhəs), pseud. of

Johannes Scheffler

(yōhän`əs shĕf`lər), 1624–77, German poet. He is best known for his pastoral lyric cycles Heilige Seelenlust (1657–68) and Cherubinischer Wandersmann (1674–75), which can be interpreted as Christian as well as pantheistic. Scheffler's mysticism strongly influenced 18th-century PietismPietism
, a movement in the Lutheran Church (see Lutheranism), most influential between the latter part of the 17th cent. and the middle of the 18th. It was an effort to stir the church out of a settled attitude in which dogma and intellectual religion seemed to be supplanting
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Bibliography

See study by J. L. Sammons (1967).