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Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim (1719–1803)

Gleim, Johann Wilhelm Ludwig (glīm). A German poet and patron of literature; born in Ermsleben, Halberstadt, April 2, 1719; died on Feb. 18, 1803. He attained prestige as a sort of Mæcenas. ‘An Essay in Sportive Rhyme,’ an early work, shows French influence. The Seven Years’ War afforded him themes for his best work: ‘Songs of a Prussian Grenadier’ are patriotic outbursts.’ Petrarcan Songs,’ ‘Horatian Odes,’ ‘Songs in Imitation of Anacreon,’ and ‘Epigrammatic Verse’ are pleasing, but less interesting. His fables and tales became extremely popular.