Georg Trakl was born February 3, 1887 in Salzburg, Austria. A major influence on German literature and expressionism, Trakl’s poety is notable for its haunting lyricism and emphasis on images and symbolic figures. Trakl wrote from an early age and studied pharmacology at the University of Vienna. He served in the Austrian Army, worked as a pharmacist, and struggled with drug addiction for much of his life. He died in Poland in 1914.