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.