In 1801 he published his first novel, "Godwi oder das steinerne Bild der Mutter". The subheading, "the novel run wild" is indicative of the Romantic technique of mixing different genres within the novel. "Godwi" thus also includes lyrical elements, like the re-interpretation of his "Zu Bacharach am Rheine", originally written in the style of a folk song, as a poem, which then became the Lore Lay. Napoleon vor dem brennenden Smolensk". Rast vor einem Gasthof in den Bergen". Franz de Paula von Schrank.