Klopstock, Margaretha

AUTHOR (GERMANY)
BORN 16 Mar 1728, Hamburg - DIED 28 Nov 1758, Hamburg
REAL NAME Moller, Margaretha
GRAVE LOCATION Hamburg-Altona: Friedhof an der Christianskirche, Klopstockplatz, Ottensen

Youngest daughter from the second marriage of the merchant Peter Moller from Hamburg, known as Meta. She was very talented and learned to speak French, English and Italian. After her father's dead in 1735 her mother remarried and she lived with her sister Elisabeth (1722-1788) who had married the businessman Benedict Schmidt.

In 1750 she was much impressed by F.G. Klopstock's "Messias" and she was introduced to him in 1751 by Nikolaus Dietrich Giseke. In 1754 they married an moved to Kopenhagen. Their marriage was very happy and Klopstock valued his wife criticism on his writings. In 1757 she wrote a drama. "Der Tod Abels".

In 1758 she died in childbirth in Hamburg. Their son was born dead. She was initially buried in the grave of her parents at the St. Nikolai cemetery, but in June 1759 her remains were transferred to the churchyard of the Christianskirche in Ottensen. Klopstock joined her in the grave there in 1803.

Her "Briefe von Verstorbenen an Lebendige" ("Letters from the Dead to the Living") was published posthumously in 1759. Allthough she was well known in cultural circles during her life, she was forgotten soon after in death. She was only remembered after her letters were rediscovered in 1950.

Family
• Husband: Klopstock, Friedrich Gottlieb (1754-1758)

Related persons
• is uncle/aunt of Winthem, Johanna Elisabeth

Events
19/6/1759Klopstock visits the new grave of his wife in Ottensen. On 4 December 1759 Meta Klopstock was buried in the family grave of her parents at the cemetery of St. Nikolai in Hamburg. She had died on 28 November 1758. On 14 Jun her remains were transferred to the a small church cemetery in Ottensen. Klopstock preferred a quiet location near the Elbe for his wife and himself to be buried. He visited the grave on 19 Jun 1759 and travelled to Kopenhagen the next day. On 6 December 1759 her two sisters planted two linden trees near the grave. One of them is still there. [Klopstock, Friedrich Gottlieb]

Images

The grave of Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock at the cemetery of the Christianskirche in Ottensen, Hamburg.
Picture by Androom (27 Jan 2006)

 

The grave of Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock at the cemetery of the Christianskirche in Ottensen, Hamburg.
Picture by Androom (27 Jan 2006)

 

Sources
Margareta Klopstock – Wikipedia


Klotz, Joseph

Published: 8 Apr 2018
Last update: 8 Apr 2018