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Johan Herman Wessel
Johan Herman Wessel

Johan Herman Wessel (October 6, 1742 - December 29, 1785) was a major name in Norwegian and Danish literature. Some of his satirical and poems are still popular. The traditional restaurant Wesselstuen in Bergen, Norway contains many of his works as decorations. Image File history File linksMetadata Johan_Herman_Wessel. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Johan_Herman_Wessel. ... October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in Leap years). ... // Events January 24 - Charles VII Albert becomes Holy Roman Emperor. ... December 29 is the 363rd day of the year (364th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 2 days remaining. ... 1785 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Literature is literally acquaintance with letters as in the first sense given in the Oxford English Dictionary (from the Latin littera meaning an individual written character (letter)). The term has generally come to identify a collection of texts, mainly novels, drama and poetry. ... County Hordaland District Midhordland Municipality NO-1201 Administrative centre Bergen Mayor (2004) Herman Friele (H) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 215 465 km² 445 km² 0. ...


He was born and raised in Vestby, Akershus, Norway, and was the elder brother of mathematician Caspar Wessel. He was a relative of the naval hero Peder Tordenskjold. County Akershus Landscape Follo Municipality NO-0211 Administrative centre Vestby Mayor (2003) Tom Anders Ludvigsen (Ap) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 367 134 km² 134 km² 0. ... County NO-02 Region Østlandet Administrative centre Oslo County mayor Hildur Horn Øien (KrF) Area  - Total  - Percentage Ranked 16 4,918 km² 1. ... Caspar Wessel (June 8, 1745 - March 25, 1818) was a Norwegian-Danish mathematician. ... Peter Wessel Tordenskjold 1691-1720 Peter Wessel Tordenskjold, also known as Peter Wessel, Peder Tordenskjold, or Peter Tordenskiold, (October 28, 1691-1720), was an eminent Norwegian naval hero in the service of the Kingdom of Denmark-Norway. ...


Living most of his (bohemian) life in Copenhagen dependent on casual work and weakened by a bad health and drinking Wessel became the popular and admired centre of Norske Selskab ("Norwegian Society") a very important club of Norwegian literates cultivating their national identity and writing in classical metres. Copenhagen (Danish: København) is the capital of Denmark, and the name of the municipality (Danish, kommune) in which it resides. ...

Illustration for The Smith and the Baker
Illustration for The Smith and the Baker

First of all Wessel is known for his many humorous and satiric verse tales (ed. 1784-1785), referring to man’s foolishness and injustice. Most famous is Smeden og Bageren (“The Smith and the Baker”) about the only smith of a village who is pardonned for manslaughter while a more superfluous baker is executed instead in order to observe the rules that “life pays life”. In Herremanden (“The Squire”) a man coming to Hell makes unpleasant discoveries of the origin of his own son while Hundemordet (“The Dog Murder”) tells about wrangle about trivial things. The style of Wessel is deliberate elaborate and digressive and at the same time elegant and witty. Another genre is the epigram that he mastered, especially his short, witty, impudent, precise and also self-ironic commemorative poems. Many of them are still quoted. Image File history File links Wessel_smedbager02. ... Image File history File links Wessel_smedbager02. ... An epigram is a short poem with a clever twist at the end or a concise and witty statement. ...


His satirical play Kierlighed uden Strømper (i. e. "Love and No Stockings", 1774) is a biting parody of poor imitations of the French classical drama (not as often thought on French classical drama in itself); it takes place in a daily milieu of banal conflicts but observes the formal rules of “heroic language”. It is still performed. 1774 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... In contemporary usage, parody is a form of satire that imitates another work of art in order to ridicule it. ...


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Caspar Wessel (174 words)
Caspar Wessel, (1745 - 1818) Norwegian-Danish mathematician, born in Jonsrud, Vestby, Akershus, Norway.
Wessel's priority to the idea of a complex number as a point in the complex plane is today universally recognised.
Caspar Wessel's elder brother, Johan Herman Wessel was a major name in Norwegian and Danish literature.
Johan Herman Wessel at AllExperts (344 words)
Johan Herman Wessel (October 6, 1742 - December 29, 1785) was a major name in Norwegian and Danish literature.
He was born and raised in Vestby, Akershus, Norway, son of a priest, and was the elder brother of mathematician Caspar Wessel.
First of all Wessel is known for his many humorous and satiric verse tales (ed.
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