Poet Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig


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N.F.S. Grundtvig is considered to be the father of Danish folk schools. His radical ideas were the cornerstone upon which this educational reform was based. He was a Danish minister, a theologian, a poet, a philosopher, a historian, a hymn writer, a social critic, and most relevantly, an educator. His educational vision was for a unique school that would serve Danish people of all social standings, especially the farmers. He originally called it "folkelig hojskole" (loosely interpreted as "a school that would be "of and for the people"") (Borish, 1991, p. 17). His idea was to create an educational system...

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C'Est Fait, Belle Caliste, ...

Francois de Malherbe

C'est fait, belle Caliste, il n'y faut plus penser :
Il se faut affranchir des lois de votre empire ;
Leur rigueur me dégoûte, et fait que je soupire
Que ce qui s'est passé n'est à recommencer...

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Sappho

The only contemporary source which refers to Sappho's life is her own body of poetry, and scholars are skeptical of biographical readings of it. Later biographical traditions, from which all more detailed accounts derive, have also been cast into doubt...

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