“The Elf King” By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). This German ballad is woven into the belief that elves, fairies, and other semi-supernatural creatures do not possess souls and can only obtain them by snatching them from humans. In this poem, notice carefully who is speaking in each stanza--the father, the child, or the Elf King. Read to get … Continue reading “The Elf King” By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe