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Friedrich Klopstock


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Friedrich Klopstock : Messiah

'The mother of Joseph Wright, the millworker-philologist, did not learn to read until age forty-eight, and then apparently never ventured beyond the New Testament, Pilgrim's Progress and a translation of Klopstock's Messiah'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: mother of Joseph Wright      Print: Book


Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock : [odes]

"On 21 Sept 1798, Klopstock read to W[ordsworth] and C[oleridge] 'some passages from his odes in which he has adopted the latin measures' (Wordsworth, Prose Works vol. 1, p.91).

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock      


Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock : Messiah

'It is the rainy evening of a dull day which I have spent in reading a little of Klopstock's Messiah (for the man Jardine, who broke his engagement); and in looking over the inflated work of 'Squire Bristed on "America and her resources". "Vivacity", therefore, on my part, is quite out of the question-'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Thomas Carlyle      Print: Book


Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock : The Messiah

'Charles Shaw's dependance upon a small Sunday school library in Tunstall [...] imparted a magnificent if involuntary scope to his education: '"I read "Robinson Crusoe" and a few other favourite boys' books [...] After these the most readable I could find was Rollin's "Ancient History". His narratives opened a new world [...] [which] I regarded as remote from Tunstall and England as those other worlds I read of in Dick's "Christian Philosopher," which book I found in the library too ... Then I read Milton's "Paradise Lost", Klopstock's "Messiah", and later on, Pollock's "Course of Time", and Gilfillan's "Bards of the Bible".These books may look a strange assortment for a boy of fourteen or fifteen to read, but [...] they just happened to fall into my hands"'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Charles Shaw      Print: Book


Gottlieb Friedrich Klopstock : The Messiah

Elizabeth Barrett to Lady Margaret Cocks, 14 September 1834: 'Have you seen a poetical translation of Klopstock's messiah, the performance of a lady residing close to Honiton. I have read and been much pleased with it [goes on to comment upon specific passages].'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book


Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock : Messiah

[Catherine Talbot to Elizabeth Carter, 28 November 1763:] 'Shall I send your subscription copy of the Messiah, or keep it till you come? I admire many things in it extremely, but am grievously hurt and disappointed at many more. I wish Dr Young had been the translator, and I the correctress.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Catherine Talbot      Print: Book


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