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Jan Fredrik Helmers (1767–1813)

Helmers, Jan Frederik (hel’mers). A Dutch poet and dramatist; born in Amsterdam, March 4, 1767; died there, Feb. 26, 1813. In 1789 he produced a tragedy, ‘Dinomache,’ founded upon Athenian history, following it with a poem, ‘Socrates.’ His best work was inspired by the reverses of his country growing out of the Napoleonic wars. When a Bonaparte ascended the Dutch throne, the poet’s patriotism found expression in the ‘Fragment of a Tragedy upon the Fall of Corinth.’ His finest composition, ‘The Dutch Nation,’ is a poetical apotheosis of Holland.