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Songs Of The Sun, Love And Death: Selected Poems

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Jovan Ducic is the greatest Serbian lyric poet of the first half of the twentieth century. He appeared at a crucial point in the history of Serbian literature, the turn of the century, when the era of Romantic and Realist poetry was coming to a close and another, Modernism, was just beginning. By introducing new themes and sources of inspiration, Ducic was instrumental in ...more
Published 2003 by Serbian Classics Pr
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Recommends it for: Fans of romantic symbolist poetry
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Jovan Ducic's poetry is beautiful. It is elegant, introspective, refined, and musical. Ducic was deeply influenced by the French poets of his time, and it shows, yet he makes it his own with Serbian imagery and religious symbolism--forests, oceans, dragons, armies, fog, blood, shadows, loneliness--which punctuate his verse with a dark severity that is both chilling and breathtaking.
Stars (translated by Oliver Elton)

Amidst the boughs, the stars burn peacefully aloft,
While, in the calm, the sea w
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The exact date of Dučić's date of birth is still undetermined; it is variously said to have been on 17 February (or 5 February according to the Julian calendar) of 1871, 1872, or 1874, with the latter date most often given. He died on 7 April 1943 at age 72.

He was born in Trebinje in today's Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he attended primary school. He moved on to a high school in Mostar and trained to
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