How Mermaid Stories Illustrate Complex Truths About
Being Human

The following stanzas of Heinrich Heine’s poem “Die Lore‑Ley” (1823), rendered here in Mark Twain’s translation, “The Lorelei,” encapsulate some of the most salient and lasting features of the mermaid as a beautiful and dangerous being who attracts men to their watery deaths. The loveliest maiden is sitting High‑throned in yon blue air, Her golden … Continue reading How Mermaid Stories Illustrate Complex Truths About Being Human