Ernst Scherenberg

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Ernst Scherenberg

Ernst Scherenberg (born July 21, 1839 in Swinoujscie , † September 19, 1905 in Eisenach ) was a German lyric poet .


Ernst Scherenberg spent his youth in Swinoujscie. The city, which at that time was not a well-known seaside resort, and its scenic surroundings had a formative effect on his later creative powers as a lyrical poet. He first went to high school in Szczecin, but then switched to a trade school. Following his father's wish to take up a practical job, he then began an apprenticeship in a Berlin machine factory. Since he was more attracted to the arts than the practical work of a craftsman, he decided to choose another profession. He therefore attended the Berlin Art Academy for a while to become a painter. But then he turned to writing.

From 1862 to 1864 Scherenberg was editor of the Berliner Frauenzeitung Viktoria , from 1865 to 1870 editor of the Braunschweiger Tageblatt and then until 1883 editor-in-chief of the Elberfelder Zeitung . From 1874 he headed the editorial department of the “German Artist Album”, which was published in Düsseldorf , and through this also came into contact with Anastasius Grün , Count Anton Auersperg. He then moved to the Elberfeld Chamber of Commerce as a lawyer . Later he also took on the role of General Secretary of the Association of German Iron Foundries. He held both offices until his death.

Similar to his relative Christian Friedrich Scherenberg , author of an epic ' Waterloo song ', of which he was nephew, he represented a patriotic attitude. He was an advocate of the monarchist principle and an admirer of Kaiser Wilhelm I. He admired the founder of the empire Otto von Bismarck and intervened with the publication of the book Against Rome! - German poets join in their “Kulturkampf” against ultramontane Catholicism . Partisans of the ultra-montane responded with the counter-writing For Rome .

Scherenberg became known mainly through his lyrical poems, but among his contemporaries also through his contemporary poems, with which he used to intervene in current political events. His last volume of poetry - Dem Meere zu -, which he had left ready to print, was only published after his death. From 1899 to 1905 he was a member of the jury for the ' Kölner Blumenspiele ', an annual poetry competition, which Johannes Fastenrath initiated based on the Spanish model .


When Scherenberg died unexpectedly in Eisenach, where he had been at a meeting of the Association of German Iron Foundries, Fastenrath suggested erecting a memorial to him in his hometown. After Fastenrath had also died, his widow put this plan into action: On Scherenberg's 72nd birthday, a memorial created by the Steyer sculptor Hans Brandstetter , Graz, was unveiled in Swinoujscie , near the winter harbor , opposite the corner of Königsstrasse / Lindenstrasse.

Works (excerpt)

  • From the bottom of my heart . Poems. Schindler, Berlin 1860. ( digitized version )
  • Exiled . Poetry. Schindler, Berlin 1861. ( digitized version )
  • Storms of Spring . New poems. Schindler, Berlin 1865. ( digitized version )
  • Against Rome! - Time voices of German poets . Published by Ernst Scherenberg. Baedeker, Elberfeld 1874. ( digitized version )
  • German artist album - With contributions from living artists and poets (E, Scherenberg, ed.), Hanover 1877.
  • Prince Bismarck . A character image for the German people. Baedeker, Elberfeld 1885. ( digitized version )
  • Germania . Dramatic poetry. Baedeker, Elberfeld 1885.
  • Kaiser Wilhelm I. - A memorial book for the German people , Leipzig 1888.
  • Poems , Leipzig 1899, 6th edition.
  • Towards the sea . Postponed poems. Martini & Grüttefien, Elberfeld 1905.


  • Friedrich Roeber: Ernst Scherenberg. A political poet and fighter . In: The Gazebo. Illustrated magazine. Year 1879, pp. 821–824. With a portrait as a wood engraving, drawn on wood by Adolf Neumann, after a photograph.

Web links

Commons : Ernst Scherenberg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikisource: Ernst Scherenberg  - Sources and full texts


  1. The monument is depicted in the year book of the Cologne Flower Games , Volume XIII , 110–119 (1911); a picture of Scherenberg is contained in Volume VII , 508-548 (1905).
  2. ^ Meyer's travel book German Baltic Sea Coast , Part II: Rügen and the Pomeranian Coast with its hinterland , 2nd edition, Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig 1924, pp. 42–46.