Heinrich Heine and the Message of "The Loreley" Poem Review by Aesahaettr

Heinrich Heine and the Message of "The Loreley"
A discussion of the life of the German writer Heinrich Heine and the message of German and Jewish nationalism in his poem "The Loreley."
# 109015 | 750 words | 0 sources | 2007 | US
Published on Nov 12, 2008 in Literature (Poetry) , Literature (German)

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This paper relates the major events of the life of the German Jewish writer Heinrich Heine, who was unable to escape persecution as a Jew by converting to Christianity. The writer explores how his poem "The Loreley" can be interpreted both as reflecting his hope for a new national identity in Germany that would include an integration of traditional German and Jewish culture, and as a message to the Jews to take pride in and stick with their own culture.

From the Paper:

"Heinrich Heine's life story demonstrates the hardships faced by those born Jewish in nineteenth century Germany. Heine was born to Jewish parents in 1797. He studied law and eventually wanted to have a career teaching at a university. Unfortunately for Heine, university professorship was a career option not available to Jews at the time. Rather than dismiss his vocational aspirations, Heine converted to Protestantism. As Heinrich soon discovered, conversion did not solve any of the underlying problems. A converted Jew, Heinrich was shunned by Christians for his Jewish background and by Jews for denouncing his faith. The road to Jewish emancipation had forked, with both directions leading to dead ends."

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