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Johann Gottfried Kinkel (1815–1882)

Kinkel, Johann Gottfried (kink’el). A distinguished German poet and historian of art; born at Obercassel, near Bonn, Aug. 11, 1815; died at Zürich, Nov. 12, 1882. His patriotic and stormy life and political martyrdom contrasted oddly with his peaceful writings. His first volume of verse (1843), contained the fine narrative poem ‘Otto the Archer,’ which had afterward enormous success printed alone and as an opera libretto; his second (1868), more political and much inferior, contained however the exquisite narrative poem ‘The Blacksmith of Antwerp,’ one of his best productions. The tragedy ‘Nimrod’ (1857) aimed to depict the rise of despotism. The village tale ‘Margret’ became at once a classic.