Ferdinand Freiligrath


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Freiligrath, Ferdinand

 

Born June 17, 1810, in Detmold; died Mar. 18, 1876, in Cannstatt. German poet.

Freiligrath was a member of the Communist League from 1848 to 1852. His first poetry collection, Poems (1839), contained picturesque portrayals of the East; it also romantically contrasted prosaic everyday existence with the exotic life of Africa. The poem “From Spain” (1841), in which Freiligrath elevated the poet above the struggles of the parties, provoked a polemic in the German press and inspired G. Herwegh’s programmatic poem “The Party.” Freiligrath’s collection A Confession of Faith (1844) reflected a turning point in his world view. He soon abandoned his vague concepts of democracy and supported the views of K. Marx, with whom Freiligrath became acquainted while in emigration in 1845. Marx’ influence was reflected in some of the poems in the collection Ça ira! (1846).

During the Revolution of 1848–49, Freiligrath contributed to the Neue Rheinische Zeitung, whose editor in chief was Marx. On Oct. 12, 1848, Freiligrath became a member of the newspaper’s editorial board. Freiligrath’s lyrics written during this period constituted an inspired reflection of the spirit of struggle: they advocated a continuing intensification of the revolution and expressed profound faith in the future.

Freiligrath was in emigration in London from 1851 to 1868. Beginning with this period his work lost its revolutionary orientation and he occupied himself mainly with translation.

WORKS

Werke. Weimar, 1962.
In Russian translation:
Izbr. proizv. Moscow, 1956.

REFERENCES

Marx, K., and F. Engels. Ob iskusstve, vol. 2. Moscow, 1967. Pages 274–323.
Shiller, F. P. Ocherki po istorii nemetskoi revoliutsionnoi poezii XIX v. Moscow, 1933.
Nikolaeva, T. S. Poeziia nemetskoi revoliutsii 1848 g. [Saratov] 1961.
Leber, H. Freiligrath, Herwegh, Weerth. Leipzig, 1973.

S. V. TURAEV

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Although he is a close contemporary of Byron, Pringle's work is post-Byronic, and his Africa is tinged with the Orientalism of European poets like Victor Hugo (1802-1885) in France and Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810-1876) in Prussia.
If, as Ferdinand Freiligrath observed in 1844, 'Deutschland ist Hamlet', then, in chronicling the vicissitudes of that problematic identity, Hortmann and Hamburger give their readers an inspired account of how and why 'that noble and most sovereign reason' has so often clashed with the 'sweet bells jangled out of tune and harsh' on the nation's stages no less than on the national stage.
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