One of the "big names" in German poetry, and a native of Quedlinburg, Klopstock is probably best known for his introduction of human feeling into the rather dry and formal style that preceded him.
He also broke with the rigid structure of German verse and used a free-form, unrhymed meter.
His masterwork was an epic poem about the life of Jesus, called The Messiah, which resulted in the comparison with Milton's Paradise Lost. Parts of this poem were included in Mahler's Resurrection Symphony.
Klopstock also wrote many odes and short poems which dealt with themes of love, death, friendship and appreciation of the higher emotions and thoughts.
Here is an example of his poetry, The Rose Garland:
Klopstock suffered for years from unrequited love for an unattainable cousin and his first wife died in childbirth after only four years of marriage.
In spite of his personal sorrows, he was described by his contemporaries as unfailingly vivacious, cheerful and kind.
When he died at the age of 80, his funeral was attended by princes and hundreds of friends and admirers.
The house in Quedlinburg where he grew up is now a museum about his life and work, located at #12 Schlossbergstrasse on the street leading to the castle
Here is the original, Das Rosenband: