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Poetry
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1. Definition and terminology

In German-speaking Europe, a coherent understanding of poetry as the third major division of literature alongside narrative and dramatic literature did not emerge until the second half of the 18th century [8. 180–195]; [31]. Hence to speak of “early modern poetry” is to retroject later categories into centuries that did not yet have them or used them with a different meaning.…

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Burdorf, Dieter, “Poetry”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023541>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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