Love's Distresses – A poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. About the author – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.(1749 – 1832) was a German writer, artist, and politician. His great range of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles, prose and verse dramas, memoirs, an autobiography, literary and aesthetic criticism, treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour, and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments. His literary work has attracted the greatest amount of interest. Goethe was also keenly involved in studies of natural science. He is also a widely quoted author.