Johann Christian Günther

Johann Christian Günther (* 8. April 1695 in stringer gau, † 15. March 1723 in Jena) was a German poet.

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the son of a physician visited 1710 to 1715 the High School in Schweidnitz, where its youth drama “the jealousy” repented by Theodosio was specified. He got engaged with Magdalena Eleonore Jachmann, the “Leonore” of its later poems.

it, the desire of the father took up 1715 following, a medicine study to joke mountain . Its intention came of denying its living costs as poets strictly rejected to the discord with the father, there these. 1716 could Caesareus be crowned Günther to the Poeta laureatus. Due to the associated financial expenditures it landed 1717 in the debtor's prison.

In the same year it went to Leipzig, where it wrote itself at the university. It was promoted by the writer and historian Johann Burkhard Mencke, which was convinced of its important gift, to which it did not succeed however 1719, it a place as yard poets August of the strong one in Dresden to procure. An attempt, 1720 as a physician in cross castle to establish itself failed, likewise the effort around a reconciliation with the father. In the consequence Johann Christian Günther lived as a guest at the families of different study friends. It returned 1723, already ill, to Jena, where it died seven and twenty-year-old at Tuberkulose.


Günther is considered to early 18 as a most important German poet. Century. At its time it became famous by its “desert on the peace of passport aero joke “ of 1718. Only one year after its death appeared “Johann Christian Günthers from Schlesien, Theils still never-printed, theils already published, Germans and latin of poems”, which justified its Nachruhm. The first total expenditure of its works of 1742 experienced six editions, W. Shopkeeper brought 1930-36 out a historical-critical total expenditure. Goethe judged in its work “seal and truth”: “A decided talent, talented with Sinnlichkeit, imagination, memory, gift of seizing and realising, fruitfully in highest degrees, rhythmically comfortably, spirit-rich, funny and often informs. ”


  • all works. Historical-critical total expenditure, hrsg. W. Shopkeeper. Leipzig, Darmstadt and. Stuttgart 1930 FF. (= library of of the literary one association Stuttgart)

literature (selection)

  • Helga Bütler beautiful: Seal understanding and self-manifestation with Johann Christian Günther. Studies to its order poems, satires and complaint songs. Bonn: Bouvier 1981 (= studies to the Germanistik, Anglistik and Komparatistik, 99). ISBN 3-416-01577-0
  • Leopold Federmair: The passions of the soul Johann Christian Günthers. An attempt over the failure. Stuttgart: Heinz 1989 (= Stuttgart work to the Germanistik, 215; Salt citizen of contributions, 16). ISBN 3-88099-219-3
  • Johann Christian Günther. Munich: Edition text and. Criticism 1982 (= text + criticism, 74/75) ISBN 3-88377-107-4
  • Johann Christian Günther (1695-1723). Old citizen symposium to 300. Birthday of the poet, hrsg. v. Jens rooms. Munich: Oldenbourg 1997 (= writings of the Federal institut for East German culture and history, 10). ISBN 3-486-56253-3
  • Adalbert Hoffmann: Johann Christian Günther bibliography. Appendix: a for the first time published satire against Günther with of them play. Repr. D. Expenditure. Breslau 1929. Hildesheim: Olms 1965.
  • William shopkeeper: The life of the schlesischen poet Johann Christian Günther 1695 - 1723. With sources and notes for living and work of the poet and its contemporaries. 2. Aufl. Stuttgart: Klett Cotta 1980. ISBN 3-12-924391-7
  • Ursula Regener: Mute songs? To motive and generichistorical Situierung of Johann Christian Günthers fell in love poems. Berlin: de Gruyter 1989 (= sources and research for the speaking and culture history of the Germanic peoples, 218; n.F. 94). ISBN 3-11-012128-X

work and bibliography

  • Gerhard thin head: “Johann Christian Günther”, in: Personnel bibliographies to the pressures of the baroque, Bd. 3. Stuttgart: Hiersemann 1991, S. 1913-1931.

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