'To the Survivors' was originally
written in 1860. This English translation is reprinted from Lyrics
& Poems from Ibsen. Trans. Fydell Edmund Garrett. New
York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1912.
Written on the death of Johan
Ludwig Heiberg (1791-1860), a Danish dramatist, critic and apostle
of Hegel's philosophy. He was often engaged in polemics and in
conscious attempt so reform or change the public taste. For a
time he became the accepted oracle of poetic criticism, but in
his closing years found himself more and more isolated and estranged
from the currents of contemporary opinion.