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Du fatter ej Bølgernes evige Gang (The Poet’s Heart) (1864)

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Du fatter ej Bølgernes evige Gang (The Poet’s Heart)

Du fatter ej Bølgernes evige Gang,
Ej Aanden, som svulmer i Tonernes Klang.
Ej Følelsen dybt i Blomstens Duft,
Sollysets Flamme mod Storm og Luft,
De Fugles Kvidren af Længsel og Lyst,
og tror dog, Du fatter en Digters Bryst?
Der svulmer det mer end i Bølgerns Gang,
der findes jo Kilden til hver en Sang,
Der vokser Blomster med evig Duft,
der brænder det uden den kjølende Luft,
Der kæmpe Aander i Længsel og Lyst.
De kæmpe mod Døden dybt i hans Bryst!

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Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called eventyr in Danish, express themes that transcend age and nationality.

Andersen's fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Some of his most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", "Thumbelina", and many more.

His stories have inspired ballets, both animated and live-action films, and plays.

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