The Strong Verb in Martin Opitz (Classic Reprint)

The Strong Verb in Martin Opitz (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Strong Verb in Martin Opitz To any one interested in the development of the German language no period is of more appeal than the sixteenth cen tury, Following as it does the great revival of Luther, whose midland German finally gained the supremacy, it marks the transition between the Middle High German literature in which each of the various dialects struggled for the ascendancy and that of the modern period. Belonging rather to the latter and, indeed, marking its beginning, is the S-ilesian poet and literary dictator - Martin Opitz. Acclaimed a genius in his own time. Opitz is not now regarded as remarkable either from the point of view of the content of his poems or of their value as litera ture. Interest in him has lain rather in the direction of the reforms which he has occasioned in the field of German versifi cation in accordance with the rules pointed out in his Buch von der deutschen Poeterei. Along these lines one might com pare his influence to that which Lessin g exerted on the drama and his work may be compared in its effect to the Hamburg ische Dramaturgie. As Lessing has been called the Father of German Drama, so one biographer has awarded to Opitz the title Father of German Poetry. His book is still regarded as a classic, and although it was not generally accepted when it appeared, it gradually accomplished its purpose - the elim ination of foreign speech forms and the purification of the language and verse. It was in large measure Opitz's influence that furthered the acceptance of Luther's literary style in R0 man Catholic Cermany, and. Consequently hastened the estab lishment of a standard. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 222g
  • Forgotten Books
  • English
  • 4 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0243274807
  • 9780243274802