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Heinrich Heine Germany

Heinrich Heine was born in Düsseldorf in 1797 and died in Paris in 1856, where for 25 years he had lived in exile from his native Germany. He was both a poet and prose-writer, and many of his prose works as well as much of his later poetry expressed radical political views unacceptable to the German authorities.

His poems about the North Sea form part of his Buch der Lieder (Book of Songs) which was published in 1827 and still remains one of the most widely read of all German books of poetry. One of the reasons for its popularity was that so many of the poems were set to music by Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and many others.