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Today is the 297-th #birthday of #German #poet Mathias Etenhueber (1722-1782). Getting ever poorer with increasing age, he produced a large amount of #poetry in #Latin and #German, often for specific occasions in #Bavaria. In despair, he even tried to exploit..
.. the spectacle of public #executions to draw attention to his work, by writing moralizing verses commenting on specific delinquents, then displaying them publicly near the official public proclamation of the respective death sentence.
The last PUBLIC #execution in the #kingdom of #Bavaria happend as late as 1861-11-09, when a farmhand was #guillotine​d because he had robbed and killed a Bavarian #farmer. The last public execution WITH A SWORD in #Bavaria happened as late as 1854-05-12 when 19-year old..
..lorimer-assistant Christian Hußendörfer(who had been convicted of murdering the lorimer he had been working for) was beheaded by the experienced executioner Lorenz Scheller (who, unfortunately, had a bad day and needed seven blows until the head was off, a disaster which led
.. to so many complaints that Bavaria henceforth switched entirely to 𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘦. Etenhueber's 'execution-poetry' was written during 22 years and fills six volumes.

Etenhueber's name is also spelled Ettenhueber, Etenhuber or Ettenhuber.
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One of Etenhueber's poems, entitled "Wer in der Poesie nicht will ein Pfuscher bleiben" (='Whoever does not want to remain a bungler in #poetry'), is reproduced below. My transcription (in modernized #orthography):
.. "Wer in der Poesie nicht will ein Pfuscher bleiben,
Und diese schöne Kunst nach ihrer Würde treiben,
Muss wohl gesattelt sein, man brauchet viel darzu.
Zum Tanz gehöret mehr als ein Paar neue Schuh;
Es muss ihn die Natur in ihren Model drucken,
.. Was andre schwitzen macht, kommt ihm von freien Stücken;"
[This is but the first six lines of the (much longer) poem.]

My (prose) translation:
'Whoever does not want to remain a bungler in poetry,
And [wants] to practice this beautiful art according to its dignity,
.. Must have a good saddle; one needs much [to practice this art].
It needs more than a new pair of shoes to dance;
Nature must imprint its form on him,
What makes others sweat comes easily to him;'
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