Georg Rodolf Weckherlin

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Georg Rodolf Weckherlin; Engraving after a painting by Daniel Mytens, 1634.

Georg Rodolf Weckherlin (born September 15 July / September 25,  1584 greg. In Stuttgart ; † February 13 July / February 23,  1653 greg. In London ) was a court German lyric poet of the late Renaissance.


Weckherlin studied law in Tübingen from 1599 to 1604 and went on educational trips through Germany , France and England . In 1606 he entered the state service in Württemberg. From 1607 he was in England with several interruptions until 1617, where he became engaged to Elizabeth Raworth and probably wrote his first verses. From 1616 he was secretary and court poet of Duke Johann Friedrich von Württemberg.

In 1620 he went again to England, where he was from 1626 private secretary to the English Foreign Minister Lord Conway. Under Oliver Cromwell , he resigned from the civil service in 1649 and possibly helped his successor John Milton during a transition period with the induction.

Weckherlin died in London in 1653. His grandson was Sir William Trumbull, a childhood friend of Alexander Pope .


Weckherlin's main achievement was the introduction of elaborate oden forms based on the model of the French poets Pierre de Ronsard , Clément Marot and Joachim du Bellay into German literature. He also wrote courtly poems, social songs , eclogues and sonnets .

An edition of all of his poems by Hermann Fischer in three volumes was published between 1893 and 1907.


  • Eberhard Berent : The conception of love in Opitz and Georg Rodolf Weckherlin . Mouton, The Hague / Paris 1970.
  • Gerhard Dünnhaupt : Georg Rudolph Weckherlin (1584–1653). In: Personal bibliographies on Baroque prints. Volume 6. Hiersemann, Stuttgart 1993, ISBN 3-7772-9305-9 , pp. 4172-4178.
  • Hermann FischerWeckherlin, Georg Rudolph . In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Volume 41, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1896, pp. 375-379.
  • Leonard W. Forster: GR Weckherlin. Knowing his life in England . Basel 1944.
  • Ingrid Laurien: Courtly and bourgeois elements in the "Spiritual and Secular Poems" by Georg Rudolph Weckherlin . Stuttgart 1981.
  • Christian Wagenknecht: Weckherlin and Opitz: on the metrics of German Renaissance poetry . Munich 1971.
  • Christian Wagenknecht: Georg Rodolf Weckherlin: Poems . Stuttgart 1972.
  • Silvia Weimar-Kluser: The courtly poetry of Georg Rudolph Weckherlin . Bern 1971.
  • To Germany. In: Volker Meid: Poems and interpretations Renaissance and Baroque. Reclam, Stuttgart 1982, ISBN 3-15-007890-3 , pp. 148-158.

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