Andrew Frisardi is a writer, translator, independent Dante scholar, and editor from Boston living in central Italy. His poems appear lately in Able Muse, Alabama Literary Review, First Things, Measure, the Modern Age, New Verse News, the Orchards,Sacred Web, Temenos Academy Review, and Think; and in his chapbook, Death of a Dissembler (White Violet Press).
Heinrich Heine was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in either 1797 or 1799. In 1831 he took exile in France, where he often struggled financially despite irregular patronage from a millionaire uncle. With freedom of speech, he developed an international reputation for the lyricism, wordplay, irony, and excoriating satire of his poems, and was called the last of the Romantics. In 1841 he married Crescence Eugénie Mirat (“Mathilde”), who cared for him during eight years of paralysis; he wrote from bed until his death in 1856.