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Cherubino's LeapIn Search of the Enlightenment Moment$
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Richard Kramer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226377896

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226384085.001.0001

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Oden von Klopstock in Musik Gesetzt …

Oden von Klopstock in Musik Gesetzt …

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Cherubino's Leap

Richard Kramer

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers the work of Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock. It examines how his poetry and his theorizing of language—most notably in “Von der Nachahmung des griechischen Silbenmaβes im Deutschen” (1755)—sounded the authoritative voice in German letters in the 1760s and 1770s. The epic Messias was the magisterial work that established his eminence. However, it was the publication of the odes, many written in strophic forms inspired by prototypes of ancient Greece and by the odes of Horace, that drew even wider attention among his contemporary poets, together with those composers who recognized the challenge of setting such things to music.

Keywords:   Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poets, Enlightenment, poetry, language, German letters

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