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!
Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
28 August 1749
Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920

Bertolt BrechtBertolt Brecht
10 February 1898

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

02 May 1772
Philosopher & Poet

Herta MüllerHerta Müller
17 August 1953
Angelus SilesiusAngelus Silesius
25 December 1624

Till LindemannTill Lindemann
04 January 1963
Singer, Actor, Poet, Swimmer, Writer, Carpenter,

Assia WevillAssia Wevill
15 May 1927
Socialite, Poet

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Heinrich HeineHeinrich Heine
13 December 1797

W. G. SebaldW. G. Sebald
18 May 1944
Writer, Poet, Professor
Gotthold Ephraim LessingGotthold Ephraim Lessing
22 January 1729
Writer, Philosopher, Playwright, Poet, Librarian,

Heinrich BöllHeinrich Böll
21 December 1917

Heinrich von KleistHeinrich von Kleist
18 October 1777
Playwright, Poet, Short story writer, Novelist,
Hugo BallHugo Ball
22 February 1886
Writer, Poet, Theatre director

Friedrich HölderlinFriedrich Hölderlin
20 March 1770
Erich KästnerErich Kästner
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Gerhart HauptmannGerhart Hauptmann
15 November 1862
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Novelist,

Theodor FontaneTheodor Fontane
30 December 1819
Pharmacist, Writer, Poet, Historian, Translator,
Ernst TollerErnst Toller
01 December 1893
Playwright, Politician, Writer, Screenwriter, Poet

Elsa von Freytag-LoringhovenElsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
12 July 1874
Sculptor, Writer, Painter, Model, Poet, Artist
Georg BüchnerGeorg Büchner
17 October 1813

Wilhelm BuschWilhelm Busch
15 April 1832
Poet, Painter, Essayist, Writer, Autobiographer

Nelly SachsNelly Sachs
10 December 1891
Poet, Playwright, Writer

Nicolaus ZinzendorfNicolaus Zinzendorf
26 May 1700
Priest, Translator, Theologian, Poet, Hymnwriter
Kurt TucholskyKurt Tucholsky
09 January 1890
Journalist, Poet lawyer, Satirist, Poet, Writer,
Wolf BiermannWolf Biermann
15 November 1936
Singer-songwriter, Poet, Dissident, Writer

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

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

August Wilhelm SchlegelAugust Wilhelm Schlegel
08 September 1767
Linguist, Translator, Sanskrit scholar,
Gottfried BennGottfried Benn
02 May 1886
Poet, Writer, Essayist, Novelist

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Hans Magnus EnzensbergerHans Magnus Enzensberger
11 November 1929
Poet, Writer, Translator, Journalist, Reporter,

Eduard MörikeEduard Mörike
08 September 1804
German poet

Christoph Martin WielandChristoph Martin Wieland
05 September 1733
German poet

Adelbert von ChamissoAdelbert von Chamisso
30 January 1781
Botanist, Poet, Pteridologist, Bryologist, Writer
Wilhelm HauffWilhelm Hauff
29 November 1802

Christian MorgensternChristian Morgenstern
06 May 1871
Poet, Writer, Translator, Literary editor,
Friedrich Gottlieb KlopstockFriedrich Gottlieb Klopstock
02 July 1724
German poet

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

Hans SachsHans Sachs
05 November 1494
Ludwig Achim von ArnimLudwig Achim von Arnim
26 January 1781

Sheyann WebbSheyann Webb
17 February 1956
Berthold AuerbachBerthold Auerbach
28 February 1812
Poet, Writer, Poet lawyer

August Wilhelm von SchlegelAugust Wilhelm von Schlegel
08 September 1767
German poet