Heine, Heinrich (1797–1856), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Heinrich Heine’s poetry, prominently featured in collections like Buch der Lieder (Book of Songs) and Neue Gedichte (New Poems), is characterised by its ‘Romantic’ lyricism and often explores themes of love, longing, and nature, with a penchant for irony and wit. His work Buch der Lieder contains poems such as Ein Fichtenbaum and Die Lorelei, which exhibit his aptitude for blending personal emotion with universal experiences, often through vivid natural imagery. The Neue Gedichte and later Romanzero delve into more complex themes including political and historical subjects, reflecting his critical and sometimes satirical voice. Heine’s later works, particularly those from Aus der Matratzengruft, (From the Mattress Grave) address his personal sufferings and existential reflections, marked by clear-eyed introspection and an unflinching examination of mortality.

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Kline, A. S.

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