Adelbert Von Chamisso

(30 January 1781 – 21 August 1838 / Champagne)

Adelbert Von Chamisso
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Adelbert von Chamisso was a German poet and botanist.

He was born Louis Charles Adélaïde de Chamissot at the château of Boncourt at Ante, in Champagne, France, the ancestral seat of his family. His name appears in several forms, one of the most common being Ludolf Karl Adalbert von Chamisso. Driven out by the French Revolution, his parents settled in Berlin, where in 1796 young Chamisso obtained the post of page-in-waiting to the queen, and in 1798 entered a Prussian infantry regiment as ensign.

Shortly thereafter, upon the Peace of Tilsit, his family was permitted to return to France; he remained in Germany and continued his military career. He had little education, ... more »

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  • ''There lived a sage in days of yore,
    And he a handsome pigtail wore;
    But wondered much, and sorrowed more,
    Because it hung behind him.''
    Adelbert Von Chamisso (1781-1838), German poet. A Tragic Story (l. 1-4). . . Favorite Poems Old and New. Helen Ferris, ed. (1957) Doubleday & Comp...
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