Who is Karl Ludwig von Knebel? Information about the poet Karl Ludwig von Knebel biography, life story, works and poems.
Karl Ludwig von Knebel, German poet and translator: b. Wallerstein, near Nördlingen, Germany, Nov. 30, 1744; d. Jena, Feb. 23, 1834. He was an officer in a Prussian regiment (1763-1774), and subsequently tutor to Prince Konstantin of Saxe-Weimar (1774-1779). On a journey to Paris with his pupil and the latter’s brother Karl August, heir apparent of Saxe-Weimar, Knebel visited Goethe at Frankfurt am Main, and introduced his royal companions to the poet. Karl August became Goethe’s patron, and Knebel thereafter was a member of Goethe’s intimate circle.
He was the author of two collections of verse, Kleine Gedichte (1815) and Distichen (1827) ; but his best works were his translations of the classical poets, Sextus Propertius (1798) and Lucretius (1821). His Correspondence with Goethe’ (Leipzig 1851, 5 vols.) ; (Letters from Duke Karl August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach) (ib. 1883) ; and a collection (From Knebel’s Correspondence with his Sister Henrietta) (Jena 1858), all afford very interesting light on the social culture of the noted period at the court of Weimar.