Eichendorff at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
German poet and novelist. Born to the nobility, he and his family lost their castle in the Napoleonic Wars, and he later worked in the Prussian civil service. He became associated with the national leaders of the Romantic movement while studying in Berlin. His most important prose work, Memoirs of a Good-for-Nothing (1826), is considered a high point of Romantic fiction. In the 1830s he wrote poetry that achieved the popularity of folk songs and inspired such composers as R. Schumann, F. Mendelssohn, J. Brahms, H. Wolf, and R. Strauss. His epic poem Robert und Guiscard (1855) has the French Revolution as its subject.