Mörike, Eduard

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Mörike, Eduard Gender: M
Eduard Friederich Mörike
born on 8 September 1804 at 11:30 (= 11:30 AM )
Place Ludwigsburg, Germany, 48n53, 9e11
Timezone LMT m9e11 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Müller
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Eduard Mörike


German Romantic poet and novelist, recognized as one of Germany’s greatest lyric poets. Many of his lyrics were set to music by Hugo Wolf and many of his poems became established folk songs. His novella Mozart auf der Reise nach Prag ("Mozart on the way to Prague", 1856) is a humorous examination of the problems of artists in a world uncongenial to art. It is frequently cited as his finest achievement.

After studying theology at Tübingen, Mörike held several curacies before becoming, in 1834, pastor of Cleversulzbach, the remote Württemberg village immortalized in Der alte Turmhahn, where inhabitants and pastor are seen through the whimsical but percipient eyes of an old weathercock. All his life Mörike suffered from psychosomatic illnesses, which were possibly intensified by an unconscious conflict between his humanist aspirations and his church dogmas. When only 39, Mörike retired on a pension, but after his marriage to Margarete von Speeth in 1851, he supplemented his pension by lecturing on German literature at a girls’ school in Stuttgart. After many years of rich literary achievement, the tensions caused by Margarete’s jealousy of Clara, Mörike’s sister who lived with them, almost killed his creative urge. Mörike spent most of his last two years with Clara and his younger daughter and was separated from Margarete until shortly before his death.

Mörike’s small output is characterized by its variety. Everything he wrote has its own distinctive flavour, but in his early days romantic influences preponderate. It is, however, as a lyric poet that Mörike is at the height of his powers. Mörike worked with free rhythms, sonnets, regular stanza forms, and, more particularly in his later poems, classical metres with equal virtuosity. The “Peregrina” poems, immortalizing a youthful love of his Tübingen days, and the sonnets to Luise Rau, his one-time betrothed, are among the most exquisite German love lyrics.

He died on 4 June 1875 in Stuttgart at age 70.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Wolf, Hugo (born 13 March 1860)


  • Relationship : Marriage 1851 (Margarete von Speeth)

Source Notes

Arno Müller, vol 2, quotes birth record.

Sy Scholfield cites full name and 'between 11 and 12 o'clock in the morning' from birth record quoted in "Mörike in seiner Welt" by Manfred Koschlig (Verlag Solitude, 1954), p. 202: "Bes.: Evang. Dekanatamt Ludwigsburg. - Eduard Friederich ist am 8. September 1804 vormittags zwischen 11 und 12 Uhr geboren und am 15. September getauft. In der 3. Spalte sind die Eltern, in der 4. Spalte die 15 Taufpaten verzeichnet."

In Feb 2020, Scholfield provided Lutheran Church birth and baptism entry (Heilbronn, 1804, page 938), "8. Sept: M 11-12 U geb" (born 8 Sept, between 11 AM and 12 Noon; whether M stands for Morgens/morning or Mittags/midday the time remains the same). The Rodden Rating was thus upgraded to BC/BR in hand.


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Psychotic Episode
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Professor of German literature)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Lutheran pastor, vicar)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novels, novellas)
  • Vocation : Writers : Humor
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator (Greek into German)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession