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Herman Gorter

 
 
Herman Gorter Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2016
1. Herman Gorter Marker
Inscription.
In huis was 't donker, paar de stille straat
Vergaarde schemer, man de lucht blonk laat
Nog licht, er viel een gouden blanke schijn
Over de gevels in mein raamkozijn.


De dichter HERMAN GORTER
woonde hier van 1882 tot 1887

[English translation:]

The house was dark, but down the silent road
dusk gathered and above the sky still glowed,
and a late golden, incandescent flame
shone over gables through my window-frame.

The poet HERMAN GORTER
lived here from 1882 to 1887.
 
Location. 52° 21.485′ N, 4° 54.234′ E. Marker is in Amsterdam, North Holland. Marker is at the intersection of Amsteldijk and Govert Flinckstraat, on the left when traveling north on Amsteldijk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Amsteldijk 9, Amsterdam, North Holland 1074, Netherlands.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aart Klein (a few steps from this marker); Huis met de Kabouters / House with the Hobgoblins (about 240 meters away, measured in a direct line); Polderhuisje (Polder House) (approx. half a kilometer away); Christiaan Andriessen (approx. 0.6 kilometers
Herman Gorter Marker - Wide View, Looking North on Amsteldijk image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2016
2. Herman Gorter Marker - Wide View, Looking North on Amsteldijk
The Herman Gorter marker is visible here, just to the left of the first doorway; the Aart Klein marker, although not visible here, is just two doors up the street.
away); Organized Resistance - the Free Groups of Amsterdam (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Badhuis Diamantbuurt (Public Baths) (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Walter Süskind (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); E.J. van Det School Memorial (approx. 0.9 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amsterdam.
 
Regarding Herman Gorter. The marker quotes a number of lines from Gorter's poem Mei (English: May), an epic poem of some 4,000 lines, written in 1889, and widely taught in school. The translation is courtesy of Poetry International Rotterdam. (See link below.)
 
Also see . . .
1. Herman Gorter (Wikipedia). Herman Gorter (26 November 1864, Wormerveer – 15 September 1927, Brussels) was a Dutch poet and socialist. He was a leading member of the Tachtigers, a highly influential group of Dutch writers who worked together in Amsterdam in the 1880s, centered on De Nieuwe Gids (The New Guide). (Submitted on December 16, 2016.) 

2. Herman Gorter: an introduction (Poetry International Rotterdam). If Herman Gorter (1864–1927) is still well known to anyone outside of the Low Countries, it is more likely to be as a revolutionary propagandist and an opponent of Lenin’s strategy at the Third International in 1920, than as the most gifted Dutch poet of his age. At home he tends to be pigeonholed as the author of the long poem Mei (May; 1889), the anthem of the Movement of 1880, while his other work, and particularly his socialist verse, is largely neglected. (Submitted on December 16, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 16, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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