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Johann Voldemar Jannsen

Johann Voldemar Jannsen Biography

Poet


ABOUT
Estonian journalist and poet best known for writing the words to his country's national anthem. A leader in the Estonian National Awakening, he directed a choral society that established a national music festival in the city of Tartu.
BEFORE FAME
He was born and raised in Vandra in Livonia County, Estonia.

FAMILY LIFE
His daughter, Lydia Koidula, was also a poet.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He was born in the same country as fellow poet Ain Kaalep.
TRIVIA
His patriotic song, "Mu isamaa, mu onn ja room," was set to music in 1848 and became the Estonian national anthem in 1920.

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