Ode to the Grey Town on the Sea

Ode to the Grey Town on the Sea

Jochen Missfeldt

With poems like Knecht Ruprecht and Du Graue Stadt am Meer, Theodor Storm (1817-1888) set the tone for the generation following Eichendorff, Heine and Mörike. His novellas – from Immensee to Pole Poppenspäler and Schimmelreiter – have moved readers of all ages from his time to the present. Jochen Missfeldt writes about the life of this strife-torn man – a man at odds with himself, living in an era when people bathed in the fading light of the classical-romantic period even as they took advantage of the benefits of technical progress. It was a time of travel, a time of long journeys and exile. Storm was at once the ultimate romantic and an egotistical hypochondriac, an authoritarian father and a man haunted by homesickness – but above all else he was an unsparing observer, merciless in his criticism of himself and his fellowmen.

Ode to the Grey Town on the Sea

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