Into the Mind of Hans Christian Andersen Essay

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Into the Mind of Hans Christian Andersen “Hans Christian Andersen was a product of two towns, two social environments, two worlds and two ages.” Said Johan de Mylius. Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark. The only child to a poor shoe maker and a washerwoman, Andersen experienced the lower quality of life. As a young child he would roam the local town. He would often visit the home for the elderly in Odense where the old women would tell him aged stories and legends they were told when they were children themselves. These stories are believed to have attributed to his creative imagination and gift for writing children stories. In 1812 Hans’ father took him to the local theatre for the first time, and he was infatuated …show more content…
On my face I felt your burning tear.
Here’s so cold and the winds outside are frightening...”
Similar to this poem, Andersen’s earliest works were often inspired by sadness. For example later while still in school, he wrote “The Tallow Candle” a short story about a candle who does not feel appreciated. This story was believed to be his first attempt at prose. This story was special because it was one of the first stories where inanimate objects came to life and showed the ability to possess emotion and feelings. People were fascinated because this had never been done before and it lit a whole new path for children’s literature. Also in 1829 Andersen had some success with a short story called A Journey on Foot from Holmen’s Canal to the East Point of Amager. In which the main character meets fanatical characters from St.Peter to a talking cat.
Throughout Andersen’s long career he wrote over 1,000 poems. Although he wasn’t ever really recognized for his poetry he still published well liked poems. ‘The Dying Child’ is the most known as one of his more popular poems. But he did publish several 100 collections of poems all of which were created from Andersen’s own personal conflicts. They were his way of expressing his internal sadness as in contrast to his fairy tales which were usually joyful stories. After visiting Sweden in

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