Thought the people's high school movement has made Grundtvig's name internationally known - W.B. Yeats recalls in his autobiography that he often heard A.E. tell how Grundtvig educated Denmark - few outside Scandinavia will know of his ideas and personality from his own words. To remedy this situation, this anthology offers selections from his major works in English translation. There is a general introduction to his life and writings, and the individual chapters have explanatory prefaces by leading authorities on Grundtvig's monumental body of work. In the extracts included here, Grundtvig discusses Norse mythology, education, freedom and religion; he comments acutely on the national characteristics of the great nations of Europe; and his sermons and poetry are also represented. This is an excellent introduction to the writings of one of Denmark's greatest thinkers.
Table of Contents
I. Biographical Table II. Introduction III. From Grundtvig's Introduction to Norse Mythology 1832 IV. The School for Life V. Selections from Within Living Memory VI. Selections from Elementary Christian Teachings VII. Sermons VIII. Poetry
Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872) holds a unique position in the life and culture of Denmark. His centenary in 1983 was celebrated as a major national event. Not only is he one of the greatest poets in the Danish language, as a churchman he greatly inspired the religious life of the country through his hymns, sermons and writings on church life and religious freedom. Grundtvig's ideas of a general education free for all the youth of the nation in people's high schools, with a curriculum based on the mother tongue and the national cultural heritage, have left an indelible mark on the culture and public life of Denmark.