Famous People From Germany
Germany has been the pothole of Europe’s technological, political, literary and spiritual development. And most of it has been due to its highly creative, focussed and efficient nationals who have led the country to become one of the most advanced countries on the western hemisphere. Germans are considered amongst the world’s most disciplined and hard-working people. Talking about German literature, the country is home to some of the most profoundly talented and gifted writers, novelists, poets and diarists. Such is the contribution of German poets and authors that no amount of reading of world literature can be termed complete without having read works by German writers. Talking specifically about German poets, the country takes pride in having greats like Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Hölderlin, Rainer Maria Rilke, Friedrich Schiller, Gottfried Benn, Bertolt Brecht and Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff amongst its list of magnificent poet. Each of them and many more have created magic with their verses, ballads, sonnets and elegies. With this section, explore some of the most accomplished and proficiently talented German poets. Their compelling piece of work would leave you hungry for more!
Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet
Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749
Poet

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht
10 February 1898
Poet

Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller
10 November 1759
Poet, Playwright, Historian & Philosopher

Heinrich HeineHeinrich Heine
13 December 1797
Poet

Götz von BerlichingenGötz von Berlichingen
1480 AD
Imperial Knight, Mercenary, Poet
NovalisNovalis
02 May 1772
Philosopher & Poet

Herta MüllerHerta Müller
17 August 1953
Writer

Angelus SilesiusAngelus Silesius
25 December 1624
Priest
Till LindemannTill Lindemann
04 January 1963
Singer, Actor, Poet, Swimmer, Writer, Carpenter,

Else Lasker-SchülerElse Lasker-Schüler
11 February 1869
Poet
Assia WevillAssia Wevill
15 May 1927
Socialite, Poet

Friedrich HölderlinFriedrich Hölderlin
20 March 1770
poet

W. G. SebaldW. G. Sebald
18 May 1944
Writer

Heinrich BöllHeinrich Böll
21 December 1917
Writer

Gotthold Ephraim LessingGotthold Ephraim Lessing
22 January 1729
Writer, Philosopher, Playwright, Poet, Librarian,
Heinrich von KleistHeinrich von Kleist
18 October 1777
Playwright, Poet, Short story writer, Novelist,

Erich KästnerErich Kästner
1899 AD
Author

Lisel MuellerLisel Mueller
08 February 1924
Poet

Jean ArpJean Arp
16 September 1886
Sculptor
Hugo BallHugo Ball
22 February 1886
Writer, Poet, Theatre director

Elsa von Freytag-LoringhovenElsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
12 July 1874
Sculptor, Writer, Painter, Model, Poet, Artist
Ernst TollerErnst Toller
01 December 1893
Playwright, Politician, Writer, Screenwriter, Poet

Georg BüchnerGeorg Büchner
17 October 1813
Writer

Gerhart HauptmannGerhart Hauptmann
15 November 1862
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Novelist,
Friedrich SchlegelFriedrich Schlegel
10 March 1772
Poet

Theodor FontaneTheodor Fontane
30 December 1819
Pharmacist, Writer, Poet, Historian, Translator,
Rabanus MaurusRabanus Maurus
0780 AD
Monk

Wolf BiermannWolf Biermann
15 November 1936
Singer-songwriter, Poet, Dissident, Writer

Kurt TucholskyKurt Tucholsky
09 January 1890
Journalist, Poet lawyer, Satirist, Poet, Writer,
Nicolaus ZinzendorfNicolaus Zinzendorf
26 May 1700
Priest, Translator, Theologian, Poet, Hymnwriter

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Nelly SachsNelly Sachs
10 December 1891
Poet, Playwright, Writer
Clemens BrentanoClemens Brentano
09 September 1778
Poet

Stefan GeorgeStefan George
12 June 1868
poet, writer, linguist, translator

Gottfried BennGottfried Benn
02 May 1886
Poet, Writer, Essayist, Novelist

Wilhelm BuschWilhelm Busch
15 April 1832
Poet, Painter, Essayist, Writer, Autobiographer
August Wilhelm SchlegelAugust Wilhelm Schlegel
08 September 1767
Linguist, Translator, Sanskrit scholar,
Hans Magnus EnzensbergerHans Magnus Enzensberger
11 November 1929
Poet, Writer, Translator, Journalist, Reporter,

Yehuda AmichaiYehuda Amichai
03 May 1924
Poet, Writer, Novelist, Educationist, Educator

Ludwig TieckLudwig Tieck
31 May 1773
Poet

Ludwig UhlandLudwig Uhland
26 April 1787
Poet
Christoph Martin WielandChristoph Martin Wieland
05 September 1733
German poet

Heiner MüllerHeiner Müller
09 January 1929
Dramatist

Wolfgang BorchertWolfgang Borchert
20 May 1921
Author

Wilhelm HauffWilhelm Hauff
29 November 1802
Poet

Eduard MörikeEduard Mörike
08 September 1804
German poet
Christian MorgensternChristian Morgenstern
06 May 1871
Poet, Writer, Translator, Literary editor,

Adelbert von ChamissoAdelbert von Chamisso
30 January 1781
Botanist, Poet, Pteridologist, Bryologist, Writer
August Heinrich Hoffmann von FallerslebenAugust Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben
02 April 1798
Poet

Friedrich RückertFriedrich Rückert
16 May 1788
Poet

Friedrich Gottlieb KlopstockFriedrich Gottlieb Klopstock
02 July 1724
German poet
Hans SachsHans Sachs
05 November 1494
Poet

Ulrich von HuttenUlrich von Hutten
21 April 1488
Scholar
Rudolf Erich RaspeRudolf Erich Raspe
29 February 1736
Librarian

Wilhelm MüllerWilhelm Müller
07 October 1794
Poet

Ernst Moritz ArndtErnst Moritz Arndt
26 December 1769
Poet, Writer, University teacher

Gottfried August BürgerGottfried August Bürger
31 December 1747
Poet

Oskar Maria GrafOskar Maria Graf
22 July 1894
Author
Johannes R. BecherJohannes R. Becher
22 May 1891
Politician

Sheyann WebbSheyann Webb
17 February 1956
Author

Francis Daniel PastoriusFrancis Daniel Pastorius
26 September 1651
Educator

Christian Friedrich HebbelChristian Friedrich Hebbel
18 March 1813
Poet
Andreas GryphiusAndreas Gryphius
11 October 1616
Poet

Ludwig Achim von ArnimLudwig Achim von Arnim
26 January 1781
Poet
Ewald Christian von KleistEwald Christian von Kleist
07 March 1715
Poet

Richard DehmelRichard Dehmel
18 November 1863
Poet

Alfred AnderschAlfred Andersch
04 February 1914
Writer
Justinus KernerJustinus Kerner
18 September 1786
Poet

Johann Peter EckermannJohann Peter Eckermann
21 September 1792
Poet
Peter CorneliusPeter Cornelius
24 December 1824
Composer

Christian Fürchtegott GellertChristian Fürchtegott Gellert
04 July 1715
Poet

Walter HasencleverWalter Hasenclever
08 July 1890
Poet
Christian Friedrich Daniel SchubartChristian Friedrich Daniel Schubart
24 March 1739
Poet

Matthias ClaudiusMatthias Claudius
15 August 1740
Poet
Martin OpitzMartin Opitz
23 December 1597
Poet

Walafrid StraboWalafrid Strabo
0808 AD
Writer

Conrad CeltesConrad Celtes
01 February 1459
Poet

Thomas DThomas D
30 December 1968
Rapper
Berthold AuerbachBerthold Auerbach
28 February 1812
Poet, Writer, Poet lawyer
Marie Luise KaschnitzMarie Luise Kaschnitz
31 January 1901
Short Story Writer

James KrüssJames Krüss
31 May 1926
Writer

Johann Heinrich VossJohann Heinrich Voss
20 February 1751
Poet

Ferdinand FreiligrathFerdinand Freiligrath
17 June 1810
Poet
Georg HerweghGeorg Herwegh
31 May 1817
Poet

Volker BraunVolker Braun
07 May 1939
Writer

Barthold Heinrich BrockesBarthold Heinrich Brockes
22 September 1680
Poet

Hermann LenzHermann Lenz
26 February 1913
Writer

Klaus GrothKlaus Groth
24 April 1819
Poet
Joseph Victor von ScheffelJoseph Victor von Scheffel
16 February 1826
Poet

Henrik SteffensHenrik Steffens
02 May 1773
Philosopher
Emanuel GeibelEmanuel Geibel
17 October 1815
Poet

Friedrich Theodor VischerFriedrich Theodor Vischer
30 June 1807
Novelist
Bernhard KellermannBernhard Kellermann
04 March 1879
Author
Johann Christian GüntherJohann Christian Günther
08 April 1695
Poet