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Poems of Heinrich Heine (Classic Reprint)
Preface discovery of contradictions. Sharp, in particular, wound up his book with a rapt appreciation, ending in a flourish of rhetorical trumpets, and concluded the matter. But it needs something more than a list of antitheses to understand this restless genius, a confusing figure who has been paired with such names as Catullus, A ristophanes, Burns,...
Preface discovery of contradictions. Sharp, in particular, wound up his book with a rapt appreciation, ending in a flourish of rhetorical trumpets, and concluded the matter. But it needs something more than a list of antitheses to understand this restless genius, a confusing figure who has been paired with such names as Catullus, A ristophanes, Burns, Rabelais, Cervantes, Voltaire, Swift, Villon in fact to every writer who is known as a master of either simplicity or irony. It needs a close and interpretive reading of his Book of Songs ;it needs a general knowledge of the politically experimental and altogether chaotic times of which he was so fiery a product; and it needs, first and last, the constant reminder that Heine was a sensitive Jew, born in a savagely anti-semitic country that taught him, even as a child, that Jew and pariah were synonymous terms. The traditions and tyrannies that weighed down on all the German people of his day were slight compared to the oppressions imposed upon the Jews. The demands upon them, the petty persecutions, the rigorous orders and taboos would form an incredible list. Let these few facts suffice: In Frankfort, when Heine was a boy, no Jew might enter a park or pleasure resort; no Jew might leave his ghetto after four oclock on a Sunday afternoon; and only twentyfour Jews were allowed to marry in one year. In such an atmosphere Heine received his heritage of hate and his baptism of fire. A great deal of literary nonsense and general confusion has resulted because so many of Heine scritics and biographers have taken him at his own valuation.(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technolo
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