Frederick the Great Poet

September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

We clearly are poetry fans over here at Arthur, but even we could not have guessed what a treat it would be to discover that Frederick the Great (yes, that guy, who ran a country called Prussia) wrote erotic poetry.  For those of you not down with your 18th century European history, Frederick ruled Prussia until 1772.  Historians call him great because he took a small Germanic country and made it a major European power.  He was a patron of the arts and liked philosophy, which explains why he took up poetry.  He was such a philosophy fan he even was pen pals with Voltaire (yes, that guy, who wrote a book called Candide.)

Anyone else a fan of leaders turned poets?  We loved Elizabeth I’s poetry, but are not such fans of Mao’s work.

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