The Harz Journey and Selected Prose (Penguin Classics)

The Harz Journey and Selected Prose (Penguin Classics)

Heinrich Heine

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 0140448500

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A poet whose verse inspired music by Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms, Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) was in his lifetime equally admired for his elegant prose. This collection charts the development of that prose, beginning with three meditative works from the Travel Pictures, inspired by Heine's journeys as a young man to Lucca, Venice and the Harz Mountains. Exploring the development of spirituality, the later On the History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany spans the earliest religious beliefs of the Germanic people to the philosophy of Hegel, and warns with startling force of the dangers of yielding to 'primeval Germanic paganism'. Finally, the Memoirs consider Heine's Jewish heritage and describe his early childhood. As rich in humour, satire, lyricism and anger as his greatest poems, together the pieces offer a fascinating insight into a brilliant and prophetic mind.

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performed. After tragedy comes farce. So far Immanuel Kant has played the tragic part of the most inexorable philosopher, he has stormed heaven, he has put the entire garrison to the sword, the Supreme Lord of the world, unproved, is weltering in his blood, there is no longer any universal compassion, no fatherly love, no reward in the next life for self-denial in this one, the immortality of the soul is about to give up the ghost – it’s gasping and groaning – and old Lampe is standing by with

could ruin him but his own overweening pride, and the old gossips would shake their grey heads with a strange air of mystery when they muttered about the amorous relations between the Easterner and a very high-born lady, and how their discovery forced him to leave the court and the country post-haste. Only by flight and by abandoning all his possessions could he avoid certain death, and it was his well-tried horsemanship that ensured his safety. After this adventure he seems to have found a safe

anyone, and as the years went by it slipped into the recesses of her memory. It was not until five years later, when her grandfather was dead and the Göcherin had come to take the girl to Düsseldorf, that she ventured to open her heart to her aunt. The latter, however, was neither frightened nor surprised by the strange story, but extremely pleased, and told Sefchen that what lay buried in the pit was neither a child, nor a cat, nor a treasure, but her grandfather’s old sword, with which he had

firewood, and the flowers are classified according to the number of their stamens, and the water is wet. A little boy who was collecting brushwood in the forest for his sick uncle pointed out to me the village of Lerbach, whose grey-roofed cottages stretch for a good half-hour’s walk through the valley. ‘There are stupid people with goitres there,’ said he, ‘and white Moors’ — this is the popular name for albinos. The little boy seemed to be on the best of terms with the flowers; he greeted them

state known as the Grand Duchy of Berg where Heine was brought up, so that he benefited from the relatively enlightened Napoleonic Code. Hence he regarded Napoleon as the main antagonist of the reactionary German princes and the heir of the French Revolution. Accordingly, Napoleon is equated with Prometheus in The Harz Journey and with Christ in Ideas. Later, Heine adopted a more sober view, considering that Napoleon had betrayed his cause by letting himself be anointed Emperor; a passage in

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