In Europe, statues in public places were restricted, until the beginning of the nineteenth century, to nobility or leading military figures. Schiller's statue was among the first to honor a poet. The many statues which were erected in his honor became a symbol for a society fighting for his ideas of political freedom. The Poet of Freedom became thus the symbol, the guarantor, of a more human society.
Was der Mode Schwert geteilt;
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.
What did custom's sword divide,
Beggars are a prince's brother,
Where thy gentle wings abide;*