Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810-1876) was one of the most popular German poets of his time in addition to Heinrich Heine and Georg Herwegh. In his political poetry, he represented the ideas of the revolution 48. in 1844 he lived a few days in the Hotel Krone Assmannshausen, a popular meeting place for students, writers and artists. Here he completed his collection of political poems a creed”, and travelled due to police persecution then exiled to Belgium, in the Switzerland and London. in 1894, the Freiligrath Museum was established to commemorate the stay at the Hotel Krone. Today, personal souvenirs are in the Museum room and in the hallways of the 5-star hotels to see manuscripts and documents flowed from the poet, or were addressed to him. But also many other famous guests from culture and politics are immortalised here. Get more background information with materials from Penguin Random House. Biography of Ferdinand Freiligrath: Freiligrath, Ferdinand (1810-1876), poet.
Born on 17 June 1810 as son of a teacher into Detmold, he completed a commercial apprenticeship after attending the gymnasium in Soest and worked until 1837 Kontorist in Amsterdam and barmen. He published first poems in weeklies and almanacs. in 1838, the collection appeared poems, poetry in the fashionable style of the exoticism, which earned him an honorary pension of the Prussian King on the recommendation of Alexander von Humboldt with extraordinary success. Freiligrath moved Unkel or Darmstadt as a freelance writer and was dealing with Rhenish writers such as Karl Immermann, Karl Simrock and Wolfgang Muller von Konigswinter. The 1844 collection released with time poems a creed”tagged Freiligrath turn to the radical democratic author. Censorship measures and political pressures forced him in 1844 to the emigration to Belgium, where he became acquainted with Karl Marx.
1846 appeared in the Switzerland of social-romantic poem cycle ca ira! “, in which he expressed, that the time for a revolution in Germany has come.” In the revolutionary year 1848, Freiligrath came back to Germany and became the editor of the new Rheinische Zeitung in Cologne. From this The famous, distributed flyers in high circulation revolution hymns date time. The warrant sought went to England in exile, accepted a position as a banker and acquired merit as a translator of works of Victor Hugos and Walt Whitmans in the following years. After his kadryov amnesty and return to Germany in 1868, he celebrated the founding of the Empire with patriotic poems. Freiligrath died on March 18, 1876 in Cannstatt near Stuttgart.