are a Registered Association (e.V., eingetragener Verein in Germany) of people sharing the love for poetry, no matter whether it originates from German poets or artists of other cultures. The association has been founded for the purpose of (re-)awakening public interest in poetry and to enjoy other people with poems. The DICHTERPFLÄNZCHEN have set themselves the task to keep alive the precious knowledge about the effect of poems, especially those created according to classical principles of composition, and they achieve that by giving new life to the idea-content of these poems.

Classical poets of all epochs based their efforts on the work of their great predecessors, who often lived in other cultures and regions, and they continued their predecessors’ work in a creative, revolutionary manner. Therefore, also today, all serious occupation with the art of poetry has to be measured by the standard of the great classical poets – their ideas, that is, not just the text material. In this sense, the DICHTERPFLÄNZCHEN cultivate the art of recitation and interpret a poem strictly in the spirit of its creator.

Since it is an established fact that in all cultures creative work brings forth the best in man’s nature, classical poetry offers a unique possibility to discover other human beings and other cultures and to develop respect and love for them. That’s why the German poet and philologist Friedrich Rückert said: „World poetry alone is world reconciliation!“ The DICHTERPFLÄNZCHEN see themselves in that tradition.

Classical poets are always dealing with the crucial and vital questions of mankind, and by rendering that discussion of such crucial ideas to their audience, the DICHTERPFLÄNZCHEN want to inspire their dear contemporaries, to help or maybe even to comfort them.

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The DICHTERPFLÄNZCHEN have been working in the manner described above since 1993 as a loose private circle of friends. At the end of 2006 they constituted themselves as a Registered Association. The DICHTERPFLÄNZCHEN’s statute lists a broad variety of activities (excerpt):

§ 1 This association shall be officially registered under the name: Dichterpflänzchen e.V.
Its domicile is in Wiesbaden, Germany. Business year equals calendar year.
The Dichterpflänzchen are independent of and tolerant towards all religious or political outlooks.

§ 2 The aim of this association is:
supporting art in poetry and music, especially performing and spreading classical poetry, German literature and world literature;
furthering tolerance in culture, in the sense of Friedrich Rückert’s thesis: “World poetry alone is world reconciliation”.
The association is looking exclusively and immediately after non-proft aims (in the sense of the part on “tax deductible aims”).

The aims of this charter will be realized especially by:

  • caring for classical German poetry, especially poems;
  • performing of readings and recitations, as well as spreading information
  • sponsoring and supporting meetings, which help to enlarge the knowledge of classical poetry and the history of the art of writing poetry
  • caring for the art of speaking and recitation by means of elocution lessons and creating methods of interpretation;
  • creating programs for recitations, performing and circulating them also by electronic media
  • assisting rehabilitation clinics, meetings of senior citizens and nursing homes psychologically by performing poems, short stories and music;
  • contributing to educational programs in schools at all levels, incl. advanced training of teachers, as well as working with pupils and young people in poetry and culture;
  • initiating research projects in German and international literature and history, as well as organizing seminars in this respect;
  • building up and enlarging international cultural relations, especially concerning poetry;
  • arranging cultural meetings in cooperation with international goups and artists;
  • publishing relevant information in the printmedia and in the internet, as well as reporting about the activities of this association;
  • talking to and contacting representatives of the media and cultural organizations;
  • waging any other activity serving the purpose of this association.

§ 3 Altruism
This is an altruistic association. It does not work primarily to its own economic advantage...