Der Stricker [The Stricker]

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Hardly any other medieval poet has ever identified him/herself more fittingly than Der Stricker [the article uses here the masculine pronoun to refer to the poet in order to make for smoother reading, although she could equally well have been female; the gender is unknown]. This name is a nom de plume, a literary term, referring to the act of knitting, or stringing ropes. Every text, both then and today, constitutes a narrative fabric, a textile, so to speak, whether we talk about poetry or prose. Insofar as The Stricker thus refers to himself as a person who is occupied with knitting and the like, he implies specifically his art of weaving words and sentences, hence texts, to create new literary/poetic tapestries. Although we c…

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Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "Der Stricker [The Stricker]". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 August 2021 [, accessed 28 May 2023.]

14777 Der Stricker [The Stricker] 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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