Heinrich Heine

(13 December 1797 – 17 February 1856 / Dusseldorf)

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Christian Johann Heinrich Heine was one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century. He was also a journalist, essayist, and literary critic. He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of Lieder (art songs) by composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. Heine's later verse and prose is distinguished by its satirical wit and irony. His radical political views led to many of his works being banned by German authorities. Heine spent the last 25 years of his life as an expatriate in Paris.

Childhood and Youth

Heine was born in Düsseldorf, Rhineland, into a Jewish family. He was called "Harry"... more »

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  • ''Oh what lies lurk in kisses!''
    Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German poet, journalist. In den Küssen welche Lüge, st. 1.
  • ''The foolish race of mankind
    Are swarming below in the night;
    They shriek and rage and quarrel—
    And all of them are right.''
    Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German poet, journalist. Katharina, sct. 4, New Poems (1844).
  • ''Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.''
    Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German poet, journalist. quoted in Journal, Feb. 23, 1863, eds. Edmond and Charles Goncourt (1956). Said on his deathb...
  • ''Whatever tears one may shed, in the end one always blows one's nose.''
    Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German poet, journalist. quoted in Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, bk. 3 (1958, trans. 1959).
  • In action, the English have the advantage enjoyed by free men always entitled to free discussion: of having a ready judgment on every question. We Germans, on the other hand, are always thinking. We t...
    Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German poet, journalist. repr. In Heinrich Heine: Works of Prose, ed. Hermann Kesten (1943). "The English Freedom," French...
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  • Ramesh Rai (12/13/2011 2:04:00 AM)

    Remembering the birth anniversary and salute the great poet on his birth day 13th December which is also mine too, for his great contribution for the human being.

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