Joseph von Eichendorff

Dennis Mahoney (University of Vermont)
Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

Joseph von Eichendorff (1788-1857), one of the last born and most eminent writers of literary German Romanticism, is familiar in the English-speaking world through the settings of his poetry by Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms – to name just a few of the many composers who have been attracted by their innate musicality. In German-speaking countries, Eichendorff’s poem “Der frohe Wandersmann” [The Happy Traveller] has attained the status of a folk song independent of its placement and function within his perhaps most famous work, namelyAus dem Leben eines Taugenichts [From the Life of a Good-for-Nothing] (1826). Within the German literary canon, Eichendorff’s 

3897 words

Citation: Mahoney, Dennis. "Joseph von Eichendorff". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 February 2023 [, accessed 04 October 2023.]

5445 Joseph von Eichendorff 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.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.