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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 184 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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FREIHERR VON FRIEDRICH RUDOLF LUDWIG CANITZ (1654–1699), German poet and diplomatist, was born at Berlin on the 27th of November 1654. He attended the universities of Leiden and Leipzig, travelled in England, France, Italy and Holland, and on his return was appointed groom of the bed-chamber (Kammerjunker) to the elector Frederick William of Brandenburg, whom he accompanied on his campaigns in Pomerania and Sweden. In 168o he became councillor of legation, and he was employed on various embassies. In 1697 the elector Frederick III. made him a privy councillor, and the emperor Leopold I. created him a baron of the Empire. Having fallen ill on an embassy to the Hague, he obtained his discharge and died at Berlin in 1699. Canitz's poems (Nebenstunden unterschiedener Gedichte), which did not appear until after his death (1700), are for the most part dry and stilted imitations of French and Latin models, but they formed a healthy 2 For other values of the interval between the summer solstice and the rising of Sirius, see Smith's Diet. of Greek and Roman Antiquities. 3 See Thomas Barker, Phil. Trans.. 1760, 51, p. 498, for quotations from classical authors; also T. J. J. See, Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. Xi. p. 269. contrast to the coarseness and bombast of the later Silesian poets. A complete edition of Canitz's poems was published by U. Konig in 1727; see also L. Fulda, Die Gegner der zweiten schlesischen Schule, ii. (1883).
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