The Purpose of this Project
Klaus Groth is considered the most significant Low Saxon (“Low German”) writer and language activist aside from Fritz Reuter. Outside Northern Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands he tends to be better known for his lyrical poetry in (“High”) German and his friendship with the Hamburg-born and -raised composer Johannes Brahms. On these pages I wish to introduce a selection of Groth’s Low Saxon poetry along with my English versions to people elsewhere in the world. Lately, this presentation has been attracting a fast increasing number of visitors. This has provoked me to remodel and redecorate it. Hopefully this will meet mostly with approval.
Groth’s Low Saxon works are not only of linguistic
importance, but they also enjoy broad appeal in Northern Germany and offer glimpses at popular, folk-based genres and styles that came with the Low Saxon (Low German) revival movement of the 19th century. This revival movement was influenced by the concurrent European Romantic Movement as a reaction to social and environmental impacts of the Industrial Revolution.