Theodor Däubler was born August 17, 1876, in Trieste, Austria-Hungary. He was a poet within the German Expressionist movement. He served for one year in the Austrian army in 1898, and then traveled through the major cultural centers in Europe, including Paris, Naples, Rome, Dresden, and Berlin. He was fluent in both German and Italisn. He continued to travel throughout Europe and North Africa in his life. Däubler's work was also an influential force in Expressionist painting and sculpture trends.
His poetry ranged from short verse to epic poems published in several volumes. He is perhaps best know for his poem "Das Nordlicht", a three volume poem, published in 1910. His work expressed "his visionary ideas in sweeping, hyperbolic language that sometimes borders on the bizarre or grotesque." (http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/152318/Theodor-Daubler). He also contributed commentaries on art to German Expressionist serials, most notably Die Aktion.
In 1928, Däubler was elected to join the membership of the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin’s Poetry Section. In the political realm, Däubler was known as a pacifist, and being antiwar in addition to being opposed to Hitler’s Nazi regime in Germany. Däubler died in Sankt Blasien, Germany on June 14, 1934.
From Gedichte aus seinen Werken. Auf Stein geschrieben und mit Lithographien geschmückt von O. Th. W. Stein. / Theodor Däubler. (Pub.1921) Rare Folio PT2607.A25 A6 1921