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· Min Modersprak
· Plattdütsch in Chicago
· Min Jehann
· He sä mi so vel
· De Mæl
· Min Platz vær Dær
· Lüttje Burdiern
· Min Anna
· Keen Graff is so breet
· Hartleed
· Verlarn
· De junge Wetfru
· Wi gungn tosam to Feld
· De Garn
· Dat Moor
· So lach doch mal!
· De Fischer
· Dat gruli Hus
· He wak
· Dat stæhnt int Moor
· Kaneeljud
· Abendfreden
· Wenn de Lurk treckt
· Dat Dörp in Snee
· De Snee
· Regenleed
· Matten Has’
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Klaus Groth, the Person

Johann Groth*Location of Dithmarschen and Heide born as the son of a Dith­mar­schen mil­ler on April 24, 1819, in Hei­de, Hol­stein, and died on June 1, 1899, in Kiel— is con­si­dered by many Ger­mans the most im­por­tant Low Saxon (Low Ger­man) poet. Fur­ther­more, Groth is one of the most im­por­tant Low Saxon phi­lo­logists and lan­guage ac­ti­vists of the 19th cen­tury, one of those who en­deavored to save and re­vive the old Saxon lan­guage of North­ern Ger­many and the East­ern Ne­ther­lands. He was keen­ly a­ware of the then still in­tact cul­tur­al and lin­gu­istic “Low Ger­man” (i.e. Low Frank­ish and Low Saxon) con­ti­nu­um from French Flan­ders to the East­ern Baltic re­gion. Groth wrote much po­etry in folk­song modes. His most po­pu­lar works are found in his col­lec­tion Quick­born (“Re­fresh­ing Well­spring,” 1856) and »Vær de Gærn« (“For the Kids,”1858). The best-known among these are the po­ems “Min Mo­der­sprak”, “Min Je­hann” and “Mat­ten Has’”. [Click here for more about Groth.]

* “Klaus” rhymes with “house” and “Groth” with “boat.”