Karl Theodor Körner

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Körner, Karl Theodor


Born Sept. 23, 1791, in Dresden; died Aug. 26, 1813, in Gadebusch. German writer.

Körner took part in the 1813 War of Liberation against Napoleon, and his romantic verses reflect religious motifs and the theme of “national revenge.” His main works include a collection of lyric poetry entitled Buds (1810), a collection of patriotic songs entitled Lyre and Sword (published in 1814), and a tragedy imbued with hatred for the invaders called Zrini (1812; published in 1814, Russian translation, 1832). The influence of F. Schiller can be seen in his tragedies, such as Rosamunda (published in 1814; Russian translation, 1833), and the influence of A. F. F. Kotzebue is evident in his comedies.


Sämtliche Werke, 4th ed. Stuttgart, 1906.
Werke. Leipzig [1958].
In Russian translation:
In N. Gerbel’, Nemetskie poety v biografiiakh i obraztsakh. St. Petersburg, 1877.


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