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Adam Oehlenschlager

Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger* (November 14, 1779 - January 20, 1850) was a Danish poet and playwright. He introduced romanticism in Danish literature.

In 1829 he was crowned the "king of Nordic poetry" (by Esaias Tegnér[?], who would be his Swedish parallel) in the cathedral of Lund, Sweden, based on a vast production of poetry, theatre plays and prose, inspired by Goethe, Fichte, and Schelling. See also Baggesen.

He wrote the song "Der er et yndigt land", which is now the national anthem of Denmark.

The Internet has very little information in English about Adam Oehlenschläger. Some exceptions are Slider Encyclopeadia (http://www.slider.com/enc/39000/Oehlenschlager_Adam_Gottlob.htm) and Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th edition (http://www.bartleby.com/65/oe/Oehlensc). Several presentations in Danish can be found from Project Runeberg (http://www.lysator.liu.se/runeberg/authors/oehlensc) and e-lysium (http://www.e-lysium.dk/).


(*) Yes, his name is really spelled this way, with OE and A-umlaut, not with the usual Danish O-slash and AE. In line with English spelling, Wikipedia practice, and to facilitate linking, the umlauts are removed from the name and URL of this page.



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