Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock

(1724-1803 / Germany)

Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock
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Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (2 July 1724 – 14 March 1803) was a German poet.

Klopstock was born at Quedlinburg, the eldest son of a lawyer.

Both in his birthplace and on the estate of Friedeburg on the Saale, which his father later rented, young Klopstock passed a happy childhood; and more attention having been given to his physical than to his mental development he grew up a strong healthy boy and was an excellent horseman. In his thirteenth year Klopstock returned to Quedlinburg where he attended the gymnasium, and in 1739 proceeded to the famous classical school of Schulpforta. Here he soon became an adept in Greek and Latin versification, and wrote some meritorious... more »

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