Poets

Joost van den Vondel

'Prince of Poets', with these words Joost van den Vondel was honoured by artists and poets at age 65. Indeed Joost van de Vondel is considered to be one of the Netherlands greatest poets.

Joost van den Vondel was born on November 17, 1587 in Cologne. His parents were anabaptists and because of their religion they had to leave Antwerp. In 1595 they left Cologne, most probably again because of their religion, and they settled in the Netherlands. First they lived in Utrecht, and then in 1597 they moved to Amsterdam. The father of Joost, als Joost, was a 'coopman van syde'. This is an old-Dutch expression for 'silk trader'. The main focus of the store was selling stockings. After the death of his father his mother continued to run the store; Joost very soon became a partner. In 1610 he married Maeyken de Wolff. Maeyken (Mary) ran the store whilst Joost devoted himself to poetry. The marriage was blessed with children. In 1612 a son was born and they gave him the name Joost. Their other children were Anna, Sara and Constantijn. Joost learned Latin and he wrote many poems and plays. Then a period of sorrow came over the family. The infant Constantijn died and also the 8 year old daughter Saartje died. His wife died in 1635 and Joost was so despondent that he could not finish his great work about Contantin the Great, which he had started. After the death of his mother in 1637, he made a public declaration of his lack of faith in religion. However, in 1641 he converted to become a Catholic. On February 5, 1679 he died at age 91. On a remembrance farthing is written 'Our Country's oldest and greatest Poet".


Joost van den Vondel
1587-1679


"De volledige werken van Joost Van den Vondel."
(Translation: "The Complete works of Joost Van den Vondel')

This work is totally devoted to Joos Van den Vondel. These two books were published in 1910 by Hendrik Carel Diferee.


 

In his works we can find God's name several times.

In the work 'Het Pascha'.
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The poem shown here below is devoted to Gustav Adolf. Gustav Adolf (1594 - 1632) was the king of Sweden. It is interesting that we are showing on our page 'Museums' a decorated collar of this king. On this collar is God's name beautifully written in latin.

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