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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von Line breaks: Jo¦hann Wolf|gang von Goe¦the
Pronunciation: /ˈɡəːtə/

Definition of Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von in English:

( 1749–1832), German poet, dramatist, and scholar. Involved at first with the Sturm und Drang movement, Goethe changed to a more measured and classical style, as in the ‘Wilhelm Meister’ novels (1796–1829). Notable dramas: Götz von Berlichingen (1773), Tasso (1790), and Faust (1808–32).



Pronunciation: /ˈɡəːtɪən/
(also Goethian) adjective
Example sentences
  • This astonishingly rapid transformation was brought about because of their abiding belief in the Goethean ideal of high culture.
  • In European literature there is even a Goethean myth of the Faustian artist who, surpassing compromise, sells his soul to the devil in return for absolute artistic power.
  • August Wilhelm Schlegel, like Eastlake, insisted that excellence in painting was to be achieved by the knowledge and skillful application of the laws of optics, understood in a Goethian sense as the interaction of light and shadow.

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