Platen, August Graf von

Platen, August Graf von ou´go͝ost gräf fən plä´tən [key], 1796–1835, German poet, whose original name was August Graf von Platen-Hallermünde. An opponent of romanticism, he satirized it in several works such as his travesty of the fate tragedy, Die verhängnissvolle Gabel [the fatal fork] (1826). His best work was his cold but classic verse, including his fine Sonnets on Venice (1825, tr. 1914) odes and verse on the Polish insurrection of 1830.

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