Ludwig Theogul Kosegarten, born in Mecklenburg, was the son of a pastor. He took holy orders after a period of study at Greifswald University and worked as a teacher and in the church before he took the chair of theology at his old university. He wrote most of his poems before he was thirty, and had a flirtation with Sturm und Drang. In later years he was famous for two epics in sentimental style written in hexameters. His Legenden were influential on the work of the Swiss poet Gottfried Keller.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1989
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