Emanuel Geibel

Emanuel Geibel

Franz Emanuel August Geibel (* 17. October 1815 in Luebeck; † 6. April 1884 in Luebeck) is a German poet.

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Franz Emanuel Geibelas the sieved of eight children in Luebeck one bore. The son of a reformed minister and a buyer daughter visited the Katharineum, until he began 1835 to study in Bonn theology and classical philology.

Afterwards it went to Berlin, where it 1836, duringits studies, with Chamisso, Bettina of Arnim and Eichendorff friendship closed. it, by its relations, received 1838 an employment as a house teacher with the Russian envoy in Athens, who was intending for its classical seal. After its return it stayed 1841 and 1842 a timeon lock ash mountain with Zierenberg and began to publish the first poems, those particularly with the Prussian king Friedrich William IV. large approval met with. 1842 received from it a lifelong pension of 300 valleys to Geibel.

Nine years later it fell in love with the civil, onlyand it married seventeen years old Amanda rubble 1852, one year before the birth of its daughter, Ada Marie Caroline (1853-1906). This is also the year, in the Geibel its Ehrenprofessur for German literature and Poetik of its Bewunderer, Maximilian II., received. Geibel pulledto Munich and informed there until 1868, until it returned from political reasons again to Luebeck: By the death of Maximilian II. Geibel was met with hostility because of its Prussian convicition, it lost even its lifelong pension. Geibel departed from the resident of Munich poet circle „to crocodile “and thatroyal board round, which it joined 1852. Emanuel Geibel died to 6. April 1884 in Luebeck, where he had been admired as a city poet and made the honour citizen.

artistic work

Geibel was a late romantic, whose works follow a klassizistischen beauty cult, but never feeling depthmediate. Its poems should be only reduced to the aesthetics form with perfection and. They were affected still of the style of the romance, when this had long elapsed. Its patriotic poems formed a sharp contrast to the young Germans and the Naturalisten, by which it was violently attacked.

Divide his poems also in the national socialism were abused. The key word “at the German nature is to genesen the world” its poem of Germany occupation of 1861 was taken. Its probably most well-known work is the poem Burschenlust, also well-known as May came, which it 1841on lock ash mountain began to seal. Geibel tried also as a dramatist, for example with the opera libretto Loreley, however without large success. Its translations of French, Spanish, Greek and Latin lyric poetry are more important.

Theodor Fontane placed underneath Geibel a literary monument in the coinage “Geibelei”,which he understood beautiful however formally stereotyped lyric poetry, which could be filled with arbitrary contents.


  • of poems (1840)
  • time voices (1841)
  • at George Herwegh (1842)
  • king Roderich (1844)
  • of twelve sonnets for Schleswig-Holstein (1846)
  • Juniuslieder (1848)
  • Spanish song book (1852)
  • master Andrea (1855)
  • new poems (1856)
  • Brunhild (1857)
  • of five books of French lyric poetry (1862)
  • poems and intending sheets (1864)
  • Sophonisbe (1868)
  • Heroldsrufe (1871)
  • late autumn sheets (1877)


  • Beatriz Brinkmann Scheihing: Spanish romances in the translation of Diez, Geibel and of Schack. Analysis and comparison.Marburg: Elwert 1975. (= Marburger of contributionsto the Germanistik; 51) ISBN 3-7708-0542-9
  • Karl Theodor Gaedertz: Emanuel Geibel: Singer of the love, Herold of the realm. A German poet life. Leipzig: TIG and 1897.
  • Silja Geisler tree: The Loreley in Finland. To the emergence, performance and Rezeption of the opera of Fredrik Pacius and Emanuel Geibel.Mainz: Acres OD. 2004.(= writings to the music science; 11) ISBN 3-924522-19-7
  • Christine Göhler: Emanuel Geibel. A life picture in self certifications and reports of its friends. Schellhorn: Sventana 1992. ISBN 3-927653-05-5
  • Adolph Kohut: Emanuel Geibel as humans and poets. Berlin: Verl. D. Association D. Book friends 1915.
  • Johannes Weigle: Emanuel Geibels Jugendlyrik.Marburg:Univ. Diss. 1910.
  • Heinrich cutter: The friendly meeting Heinrich Leutholds and Emanuel Geibels in Munich poet circle. An literature-historical and psychological report with letters and documents ungedruckten so far. Luebeck: Schmidt Römhild 1961. (= publications of the municipal library Luebeck; New row; 4)

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