Goethe was born shortly after the death of the Pope, on August 28, 1749 in Frankfurt am Main to a middle class family. His mother had many connections because she was a daughter of the mayor. Young Goethe was brought up having a feeling of aristocracy. He had only two siblings out of the total eight who survived. One was his sister Cornelia and the other was the first born. He began writing at an early age and wrote abundantly. As C.P. Magill points out, "his writings are of daunting bulk and diversity. He is the national poet of a most industrious people and the quantity of information about him is correspondingly enormous." His poetry is of numerous styles, ranging from the Renaissance to his own times.
At the age of sixteen he was sent to study law at a university, but would have more gladly read classics at another university. After ten years he was invited by Duke Karl August to come to Weimar (this city would be his actual home until his death there on March 22, 1832). He was already a good lawyer and had written the novel Werther. His work in Weimar caused him to observe the natural world around him and led him towards science. He would yet write fourteen volumes on the subject. At that time Weimar was an important city in Germany. C.P. Magill describes the time in the following passage:
"Up to the early years of this century, Weimar remained a symbol of the best elements in the German cultural tradition, and a center of activity in the arts. It was, for example, in its art schools, which Walter Gropius took over in 1919 and renamed the Bauhaus, that the... [continues]
Cite This Essay
(1999, 10). Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 10, 1999, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Johann-Wolfgang-Von-Goethe-12499.html
"Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe" StudyMode.com. 10 1999. 10 1999 <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Johann-Wolfgang-Von-Goethe-12499.html>.
"Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe." StudyMode.com. 10, 1999. Accessed 10, 1999. http://www.studymode.com/essays/Johann-Wolfgang-Von-Goethe-12499.html.