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Poet
    (May 2, 1772-March 25, 1801)
    Born in Oberwiederstedt, Germany
    Birth name was Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg
    Romantic poet
    Wrote 'Hymns to the Night' (1800)
    Died at age 28 from tuberculosis
    He was born into nobility.
    He went by a pretentious single name.
    When he was 22, he got engaged to 13-year-old Sophie von Kuhn. (They never married because of her death at age 15.)
    He left behind a number of unfinished works.
    A blue flower from his incomplete novel 'Heinrich von Ofterdingen' was adopted as a symbol of the German romantic movement.
    He influenced the German writers Herman Hesse, Rainer Marie Rilke and Thomas Mann.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson referred to him as 'the ardent and holy Novalis.'
    He wrote, 'Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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