Klopstock

1991 RB4. Discovered 1991 Sept. 12 by F. Börngen and L. D. Schmadel at Tautenburg.

Named for Friedrich Gottfried Klopstock (1724-1803), one of the most famous German poets between the late Baroque and the classical period. He studied theology in Jena {see planet (526)} and Leipzig. In his poems he proclaimed a new mentality - the Age of Sensibility. Klopstock's "Messias", a cycle of 20 religious poems, is the first great epic of the New High German literature. His inspired odes have love, friendship, fatherland and the experience of nature as their subjects. (M 33795; M 33817)

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