|Reinhard Johannes Sorge|
|Born||(1892-01-29)29 January 1892|
|Died||20 July 1916(1916-07-20) (aged 24)|
When he was nine years old, his family moved to Jena.
According to Tim Cross,
He began to write at the age of sixteen, but lost his faith after discovering the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche.
According to Rev.
After leaving school, Sorge switched to writing full-time.
According to O'Brien,
In 1912, "The Beggar" was published to rapt reviews and subsequently awarded that year's Kleist Prize.
Sorge used his winnings to marry his longtime fiancée, Susanne Maria Handewerk.
In a letter to his mother, Sorge wrote,
He subsequently wrote to a friend,
As a result, his subsequent writings were all centered on fervently religious themes.
He also succeeded in winning over many of his friends and relatives to Catholicism.
The subsequent influence of Sorge on German Catholic poetry led Rev.
B. O'Brien to compare him to Francis Thompson.
Military service in the First World War and death
Sorge was drafted in the Imperial German Army in 1915.
According to his letters to Susanne, Sorge used his devout Catholic beliefs in order to deal with the horrors of trench warfare.
He also spent much of his free time trying to win his fellow soldiers over to Roman Catholicism.
A short time before, he had written to Susanne,
According to the website of the German War Graves Commission, Reinhard Johannes Sorge lies buried in a communal war grave at the Vermandovillers German war cemetery, located near the battlefield where he died.
The remains of the Expressionist poet Alfred Lichtenstein lie in the same cemetery.
- Der Bettler. Eine dramatische Sendung (1912);
- Guntwar. Die Stunde eines Propheten (1914);
- Metanoeite. Drei Mysterien (1915);
- König David (1916);
- Mystische Zwiesprache (1922);
- Der Sieg des Christos. Eine Vision (1924);
- Der Jüngling (frühere Dramen umfassend;1925);
- Mutter der Himmel. Ein Sang in zwölf Gesängen (1917);
- Gericht über Zarathustra. Vision (1921);
- Preis der Unbefleckten. Sang über die Begegnung zu Lourde's (1924);
- Nachgelassene Gedichte (1925);
- Werke, 3 Volumes (1962–67).
- Bekenntnisse und Lobpreisungen, edited by Otto Karrera (München, 1960).
- Rev. B. O'Brien, S.J., "From Nietzsche to Christ: Reinhard Johannes Sorge," Irish Monthly, December 1932, pages 713-722.
- Private, Reserve Infantry Regiment 69, 6 Kompagnie; Prussian casualty list No. 607 of 15 August 1916, p 14057/Deutsche casualty list.
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