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Friedrich Schiller
Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (Marbach am Neckar, November 10, 1759 May 9, 1805 in Weimar) was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and dramatist. During the last several years of his life (17881805), Schiller struck a productive, if complicated, friendship with already famous and influential Johann Wolfgang Goethe, with whom he greatly discussed issues concerning aesthetics, encouraging Goethe to finish works he left merely as sketches; this thereby gave way to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Die Xenien (The Xenies), a collection of short but harshly satiric poems in which both Schiller and Goethe verbally attacked those persons they perceived to be enemies of their aesthetic agenda.

ode to joy
 
 
Joy, thou beauteous godly lightning
Daughter of Elysium,
Fire drunken we are ent'ring... [read poem]
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