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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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| 1829–33 | 1829–33 The Literary Critic

| 1829–33 | 1829–33 The Literary Critic

The Airship

(p.465) 46 | 1829–33 The Literary Critic
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

Hans Christian Andersen's education is prompted by Ørsted's patronage, and his entry at the University is hampered by his literary début. Andersen is examined by Ørsted. Ørsted founds a literary monthly with an editorial board picked from the learned republic. Ørsted's ideas of impregnating public opinion are exposed. Heiberg's severe criticism of Oehlenschläger's heroic epic Hrolf Krake puts Ørsted in a dilemma. Ørsted reviews Paludan-Müller's ‘The Danseuse’ accusing him of following the dalliance of Byron's Don Juan too closely. Andersen sends Ørsted his dramatic poem ‘Agnete and the Merman’, and Ørsted deplores its lack of higher aspirations. Ørsted reassures Andersen of his friendship and praises his fairy tales. Ørsted's own poetic efforts are expressed in ‘The Airship’ (1836), homage to modern technology. The Greeks are liberated from their Ottoman oppressors by an airship invented by the Montgolfier brothers. The poem has passages of great beauty, but was criticized by Andersen for being too didactic.

Keywords:   Hans Christian Andersen, Ørsted's literary monthly, Heiberg, Oehlenschläger, Paludan-Müller, Byron, The Airship

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