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Friedrich Schiller’s birthday
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10 November 1759, #onthisday the German poet, philosopher and playwright Friedrich Schiller was born in Marbach.
It stormed and urged in the hearts of the young poets in the German States of the late 18th century. And the signs of the times pointed at a storm brewing indeed. Enlightenment had provided Europe with a new set of tools to question and realign the reality of the ruling absolutistic courts and the still considerable influence of the church, Britain’s rebellious colonies in North America had proven that a fight for freedom was a realistic endeavour and Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason” taught that introspection and intuition could make things a reality as well that were never experienced before. Traditional rules were discarded in favour of individual cognitive faculties and creative power. It was the beginning of the 19th century’s genius cult and the transition of sentimentalism’s delicateness into the rebel’s anger and lust for revenge – a proto-romantic movement without the things that go bump in the night, the ruins and the far-away places. And amidst the “Sturm und Drang” (lit “storm and urge”), the scion of the Swabian genius hothouse Friedrich Schiller began to write his first plays and poems.
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Depicted below is Schiller’s portrait by Ludovike Simanowiz (1759 – 1827), dated 1793/1794
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