See also:Swedish poet and critic, was
See also:born at Floby in West Gothland, on the 1st of
See also:December 17 51 . He studied at the university of
See also:Abo, and had already some reputation as a poet when in 1774 he there became a " docent " in
See also:aesthetics . Three years later he removed to Stock-holm, where in conjunction with Assessor Carl Lenngren he began in 1778 the publication of the journal Stockholmsposten, of which he was
See also:sole editor from 1788 onwards .
See also:Kellgren was librarian to Gustavus III. from 1780, and from 1785 his private secretary . On the institution of the Swedish Academy in 1786719 he was appointed one of its first members . He died at Stock-holm on the loth of
See also:April 1795 . His strong satiric tendency led him into numerous controversies, the chief that with the critic
See also:Thomas Thorild, against whom he directed his satire Nyt forsok till orimmad vers, where he sneers at the " raving of
See also:Shakespeare " and " the
See also:convulsions of Goethe," His lack of
See also:humour detracts from the
See also:interest of his polemical writings . His poetical
See also:works are partly lyrical, partly dramatic; of the plays the versification belongs to him, the plots being due to Gustavus III . The songs interspersed in the four operas which they produced in
See also:common, viz., Gustaf
See also:Vasa, Gustaf Adolf och Ebba
See also:Aeneas i Kartago, and Drottning
See also:Krishna, are wholly the
See also:work of Kellgren . From about the
See also:year 1788 a higher and graver feeling pervades Kellgren's verses, partly owing to the influence of the works of Lessing and Goethe, but probably more directly due to his controversy with Thorild . Of his minor poems written before that date the most important are the charming
See also:song Vinterns valde lyktar, and the satrical
See also:Mina lojen and Man eger ej snille for det man di- galen . The best productions of what is called his later
See also:period are the satire Ljusets fiender, the comic poem Dumboms lefverne, the warmly patriotic Kantat d .
See also:jan . 1789, the ode Till Kristina, the fragment Sigwart och Hilma, and the beautiful song Nya skapelsen, both in thought and
See also:form the finest of his works . Among his lyrics are the choicest fruits of the Gustavian age of Swedish letters . His earlier efforts, indeed,
See also:express the superficial doubt and pert frivolousness characteristic of his
See also:time; but in the works"of his riper years he is no mere " poet of pleasure," as Thorild contemptuously styled him, but a worthy exponent of
See also:earnest moral feeling and wise human sympathies in felicitous and melodius
See also:verse . His Samlade skrifter (3 vols., 1796; a later edition, 1884–1885) were revised by himself . His
See also:correspondence with Rosenstein and with Clewberg was edited by H . Schilck (1886–1887 and 1894) . See Wieselgren, Sveriges skOna litteratur (1833–1849); Atterbom, Svenska siare och skalder (1841–1855) ; C . W .
See also:Bottiger in Transactions of the Swedish Academy, xlv. to7 seq . (187o); and Gustaf Ljunggren's Kellgren,
See also:Leopold, och Thorild, and his Svenska vitterhetens hafder (1873-1877) .
FRANCOIS CHRISTOPHE DE KELLERMANN (1735-1820)
CLARA LOUISE KELLOGG (1842— )
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