Daniel Casper von Lohenstein

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Although certainly a Baroque poet and part of the well-known Silesian school, Daniel Casper von Lohenstein produced plays that clearly move beyond the traditional Christian orientation and the tendency to allegorize as commonly pursued by his contemporaries – such as Andreas Gryphius and Hoffmann von Hoffmannswaldau. His texts were deeply influenced by the contemporary classicist French drama and by ancient Roman literary material, in particular by Seneca. Lohenstein had no difficulties to move beyond the standard alexandrine verse meter, especially when his protagonists voiced profound emotional turmoil, freely employing different metrical patterns as seemed more convenient. Often his dramas are determined by extreme forms of …

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Classen, Albrecht. "Daniel Casper von Lohenstein". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 October 2007
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