A Palm-Tree Poem by Heinrich Heine

A Palm-Tree

Rating: 4.1


A single fir-tree, lonely,
on a northern mountain height,
sleeps in a white blanket,
draped in snow and ice.

His dreams are of a palm-tree,
who, far in eastern lands,
weeps, all alone and silent,
among the burning sands.

A Palm-Tree
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Terry Craddock 13 December 2016

I enjoyed the contrast between a hot and cold climate, the fir and palm-tree, the dreaming of the fir tree for the weeping palm-tree extends the context of the poem delightfully.

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Terry Craddock 07 January 2017

The Fir And Palm-Tree Dreaming A Wedding That Cannot Be snow and ice or sand and sun contrast a cold or hot climate each has a climate suited tree a single fir-tree lonely on a height lives in winter cold day and night a thirsty palm-tree weeps silent, tropical burning sands scorched the solitary fir tree and palm-tree never wedded can these two distanced trees be one abides high on mountainside northern climes one abides hot in burning sands eastern lands a palm-tree planted bold in north dies winter cold a fir-tree planted in desert east dies in heat arid dreaming fir tree weeping palm-tree dream impossibilities Copyright © Terence George Craddock Inspired by the poem 'The A Palm-Tree' by the poet Heinrich Heine. Dedicated to the poet Henrich Heine.

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Terry Craddock 07 January 2017

Dreams To Be A Christmas Tree One Glorious Night spied a single fir-tree lonely, growing on a mountain height, said to me dreams to be, a Christmas Tree one glorious night; dreams of childhood presents, Christmas glee not a white blanket, drapery no snow and ice but Christmas, carols sung on a holy night; Copyright © Terence George Craddock Inspired by the poem 'The A Palm-Tree' by the poet Heinrich Heine. Dedicated to the poet Henrich Heine.

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Terry Craddock 07 January 2017

Dreams Of Promise Childhood Christmas Presents snow spied a single fir-tree lonely growing on a mountain height, said to me wistful dreams to be a Christmas Tree one glorious night; dreams of promise childhood presents Christmas glee not a northern ice white cold snow blanket, not drapery shadowy snow and ice but Christmas carols sung on a remembrance happy holy night; Copyright © Terence George Craddock Inspired by the poem 'The A Palm-Tree' by the poet Heinrich Heine. Dedicated to the poet Henrich Heine.

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Ian Goldie 01 May 2006

A good translation of a delightful poem by Heine. So simple, yet so difficult to write!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 17 October 2021

True intelligent poem by the great german poet all times Heinrich Heine

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Ray Wright 25 February 2019

In German, Ein Fichtenbaum (a spruce) is a masculine noun and einer Palme (palm tree) is feminine. Given that Heine's early poetry was in the full Romantic tradition, I think the poem is about yearning of a male for a female perhaps a lost love. Placing this yearning in the context of nature is a common element of romanic poetry.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 23 November 2018

An excellent expression. Beautiful poem.

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Kedrix Udjoe 23 November 2018

hmm very good....... and very inspiring

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Savita Tyagi 23 November 2018

Grass is always greener on other side! Beautifully expressed.

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