There has been a long history of animals being mistaken for the mystical. Birds for angels. Manatees for mermaids.
Born in what was part of the Austria-Hungarian in 1875 he quickly become one of the most prominent German language poets of his age
“Lord, what fools these mortals be!” Midsummer Night’s Dream by the man himself!
It picks up and echoes the sentiments of Sonnet 52, of longing and parting.