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January 21, 2015

200th anniversary Goethe poem "Ginkgo biloba"


 Poem "Ginkgo biloba" by Goethe (enlargement on my website).

200 years ago Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German poet, botanist and philosopher, dedicated the poem "Ginkgo biloba" to Marianne von Willemer. He sent her a Ginkgo leaf. On September 15, 1815 he read his draft of the poem to her and  friends.
On September 23, 1815 he saw Marianne for the last time. Then he showed her the Ginkgo tree in the garden of the castle in Heidelberg from which tree he took the two leaves pasted by him on the poem.
The Ginkgo leaf symbolizes Goethe's theme, one and double. 

More info and translations of the famous poem on my website.

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