History Creator / JohannWolfgangVonGoethe

10th Jun '17 11:11:13 AM nombretomado
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Unlike what one would expect from famous German writers at the time, Goethe was relaxed about including lots of rude and dirty jokes in his works. ''Götz von Berlichingen'', a biographical piece about a famous soldier, is known as the play in which the main character speaks the line ''"Tell him that he can lick my arse!"'' (Indeed, the subject of the play is said to have ''invented'' the insult - Goethe merely quoted him. Also note: "Lick my arse" is roughly equivalent to "kiss my ass" in English; it's the phrase [[Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]] used in his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leck_mich_im_Arsch famously and childishly rude canon in B-flat minor]], and Mozart actually jokes about Goethe in it.)

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Unlike what one would expect from famous German writers at the time, Goethe was relaxed about including lots of rude and dirty jokes in his works. ''Götz von Berlichingen'', a biographical piece about a famous soldier, is known as the play in which the main character speaks the line ''"Tell him that he can lick my arse!"'' (Indeed, the subject of the play is said to have ''invented'' the insult - Goethe merely quoted him. Also note: "Lick my arse" is roughly equivalent to "kiss my ass" in English; it's the phrase [[Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]] used in his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leck_mich_im_Arsch famously and childishly rude canon in B-flat minor]], and Mozart actually jokes about Goethe in it.)
10th Mar '17 11:01:24 AM Jhonny
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Although mostly known for his literary works, Goethe also [[RenaissanceMan dabbled in many fields of science]]. For example, he discovered the incisive bone, though others had discovered it independently before him. He studied botany extensively and declared "alles ist blatt" (all is leaf). He also [[DidntThinkThisThrough disagreed with Newton's theory of colour]] and [[ShownTheirWork came up with his own]], and then could never figure out why [[CreatorsPet nobody agreed that it was his greatest work]].

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Although mostly known for his literary works, Goethe also [[RenaissanceMan dabbled in many fields of science]]. For example, he discovered the incisive bone, though others had discovered it independently before him. He studied botany extensively and declared "alles ist blatt" Blatt" (all is leaf). He also [[DidntThinkThisThrough disagreed with Newton's theory of colour]] and [[ShownTheirWork came up with his own]], and then could never figure out why [[CreatorsPet nobody agreed that it was his greatest work]].
9th Mar '17 7:54:37 PM eowynjedi
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Although mostly known for his literary works, Goethe also [[RenaissanceMan dabbled in many fields of science]]. For example, he discovered the incisive bone, though others had discovered it independently before him. He also [[DidntThinkThisThrough disagreed with Newton's theory of colour]] and [[ShownTheirWork came up with his own]], and then could never figure out why [[CreatorsPet nobody agreed that it was his greatest work]].

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Although mostly known for his literary works, Goethe also [[RenaissanceMan dabbled in many fields of science]]. For example, he discovered the incisive bone, though others had discovered it independently before him. He studied botany extensively and declared "alles ist blatt" (all is leaf). He also [[DidntThinkThisThrough disagreed with Newton's theory of colour]] and [[ShownTheirWork came up with his own]], and then could never figure out why [[CreatorsPet nobody agreed that it was his greatest work]].
30th Nov '16 9:18:45 PM Xtifr
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'''Johann Wolfgang von Goethe''' is to German what [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante Alighieri]] is to Italian, Creator/WilliamShakespeare is to English, [[Literature/DonQuixote Miguel de Cervantes]] to Spanish or Creator/AlexanderPushkin to Russian: the most important author of his language. The quintessential UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker.

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'''Johann Johann Wolfgang von Goethe''' Goethe is to German what [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante Alighieri]] is to Italian, Creator/WilliamShakespeare is to English, [[Literature/DonQuixote Miguel de Cervantes]] to Spanish or Creator/AlexanderPushkin to Russian: the most important author of his language. The quintessential UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker.
13th Aug '16 1:53:52 PM Jhonny
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->''So that was the poodle's core!''

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->''So that was the poodle's core!''
core!'' - frequently quoted divorced of its context (Mephistopheles had disguised himself as a poodle)
13th Aug '16 1:14:45 PM nombretomado
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'''Johann Wolfgang von Goethe''' is to German what [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante Alighieri]] is to Italian, Creator/WilliamShakespeare is to English, [[Literature/DonQuixote Miguel de Cervantes]] to Spanish or Creator/AlexanderPushkin to Russian: the most important author of his language. The quintessential DichterAndDenker.

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'''Johann Wolfgang von Goethe''' is to German what [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante Alighieri]] is to Italian, Creator/WilliamShakespeare is to English, [[Literature/DonQuixote Miguel de Cervantes]] to Spanish or Creator/AlexanderPushkin to Russian: the most important author of his language. The quintessential DichterAndDenker.
UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker.



Despite being the author of such an unintentionally controversial book, Goethe soon made his career at the court of Weimar, where he was an important minister for the grand duke, and where he met Friedrich Schiller, the ''other'' most important [[DichterAndDenker German author]]; after an uneasy first meeting they quickly became HeterosexualLifePartners. Goethe got ennobled in Weimar [[TheVonTropeFamily (hence the ''von'' in his name)]] and most of his works were created there.

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Despite being the author of such an unintentionally controversial book, Goethe soon made his career at the court of Weimar, where he was an important minister for the grand duke, and where he met Friedrich Schiller, the ''other'' most important [[DichterAndDenker [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker German author]]; after an uneasy first meeting they quickly became HeterosexualLifePartners. Goethe got ennobled in Weimar [[TheVonTropeFamily (hence the ''von'' in his name)]] and most of his works were created there.
23rd Jul '16 2:03:57 PM LordGro
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* [[Literature/TheGhostOfPhilinnion "Die Braut von Korinth" ("The Bride of Corinth")]] -- a ballad, adapting a ghost story from UsefulNotes/AncientGreece.
19th Apr '16 4:36:59 PM 04tele
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* ''West-östlicher Diwan'' (''The West-Eastern Divan'') -- Collection of poems in imitation of ancient Persian muslim poetry, especially the 14th century poet Hafez.

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* ''West-östlicher Diwan'' (''The West-Eastern Divan'') -- Collection of poems in imitation of ancient Persian muslim Muslim poetry, especially the 14th century poet Hafez.
[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hafez Hafez]].
1st Mar '16 8:32:37 AM LordGro
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For the benefit of English-speakers, his name is pronounced (roughly) "'''Yo'''-hawn '''Volf'''g'''uhng''' phone '''Gö'''tuh" -- not "Go-eth". Born in 1749 in Frankfurt am Main, Goethe rose to fame with the drama ''Theatre/GotzVonBerlichingen'' and the novel ''Literature/TheSorrowsOfYoungWerther''. Werther, the hero of the latter story, even was a role model for many young people of Goethe's time, many of them adopting his signature yellow waistcoat and his philosophy. This wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for the fact that the story [[Spoiler: ends with Werther's suicide]]. The oft-repeated claim that the book caused [[spoiler:a suicide epidemic]] among young men lacks solid evidence, and is probably greatly exaggerated.

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For the benefit of English-speakers, his name is pronounced (roughly) "'''Yo'''-hawn '''Volf'''g'''uhng''' phone '''Gö'''tuh" -- not "Go-eth". Born in 1749 in Frankfurt am Main, Goethe rose to fame with the drama ''Theatre/GotzVonBerlichingen'' and the novel ''Literature/TheSorrowsOfYoungWerther''. Werther, the hero of the latter story, even was a role model for many young people of Goethe's time, many of them adopting his signature yellow waistcoat and his philosophy. This wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for the fact that the story [[Spoiler: ends with Werther's suicide]]. suicide. The oft-repeated claim that the book caused [[spoiler:a a suicide epidemic]] epidemic among young men lacks solid evidence, and is probably greatly exaggerated.
29th Feb '16 1:40:56 PM Jhonny
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For the benefit of English-speakers, his name is pronounced (roughly) "'''Yo'''-hawn '''Volf'''g'''uhng''' phone '''Gö'''tuh" -- not "Go-eth". Born in 1749 in Frankfurt am Main, Goethe rose to fame with the drama ''Theatre/GotzVonBerlichingen'' and the novel ''Literature/TheSorrowsOfYoungWerther''. Werther, the hero of the latter story, even was a role model for many young people of Goethe's time, many of them adopting his signature yellow waistcoat and his philosophy. This wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for the fact that the story ends with Werther's suicide. The oft-repeated claim that the book caused a suicide epidemic among young men lacks solid evidence, and is probably greatly exaggerating.

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For the benefit of English-speakers, his name is pronounced (roughly) "'''Yo'''-hawn '''Volf'''g'''uhng''' phone '''Gö'''tuh" -- not "Go-eth". Born in 1749 in Frankfurt am Main, Goethe rose to fame with the drama ''Theatre/GotzVonBerlichingen'' and the novel ''Literature/TheSorrowsOfYoungWerther''. Werther, the hero of the latter story, even was a role model for many young people of Goethe's time, many of them adopting his signature yellow waistcoat and his philosophy. This wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't for the fact that the story [[Spoiler: ends with Werther's suicide. suicide]]. The oft-repeated claim that the book caused a [[spoiler:a suicide epidemic epidemic]] among young men lacks solid evidence, and is probably greatly exaggerating.
exaggerated.
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