Born 20 years after five ships under the command of Sir Francis Drake left Plymouth to sail around the world, and 140 years earlier than Robert Gernhardt, today Heinrich Heine would celebrate the 210th anniversary of his birth.
Well, he (possibly) can't; but by his work he made himself (hopefully) immortal.
And Heinrich Heine Price laureate Robert Gernhardt, who died in June 2006? Too early to say he will be remembered in 200 years. For sure, in his lifetime he was one of if not the best German word magician.
So, gentlemen, thanks for giving me reason to raise my glass twice tonight: On your genius, Slàinte!