The gallant period in German poetry stretches from 1680 to 1730, serving as a bridge between the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries, a transition summarizing the Baroque and anticipating the Enlightenment. The most important impetus for the high point of gallant poetry was the so-called Neukirch Anthology. an immensely popular seven-volume series beginning in 1695. The anthology capitalized on the name and fame of one of the leading Baroque poets, Christian Hoffmann von Hoffmannswaldau, publishing his love poetry which had previously had only limited circulation in manuscript form. Each volume of the anthology included sections of "galante" and "verliebte" poems, and for the next couple of decades volumes of poetry almost always had a section of "galante Gedichte" and included the word "galant" in the volume's title.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.