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Asnyk, Adam

 

Born Sept. 11, 1838, in Kalisz; died Aug. 2, 1897, in Kraków. Polish poet. Participant in the Polish uprising of 1863.

While continuing the traditions of romanticism, Asnyk developed the genres of civic and philosophical lyricism (the sonnet cycle Above the Depths, 1883–94), as well as intimate and pastoral lyricism. Characteristic of Asnyk’s poetry are a wealth of moods, polished form, and musical lines. He was the author of the historical dramas Cola Rienzi (1873) and Kiejstut (1878) and such comedies of daily life as The Jew (1875) and The Friends of Jove (1879).

WORKS

Pisma, vols. 1–5. Warsaw, 1898.
Poezje wybrane. [Kraków,] 1957.

REFERENCE

Belova, E. V. “Adam Asnyk.” In Istoriia pol’skoiliteratury, vol. 1. Moscow, 1968.
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There are only 21 works, mainly songs for voice and piano, with the words of Polish and foreign poets, including Mieczyslaw Romanowski, Adam Asnyk, Maria Konopnicka, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Lucjan Rydel, Heinrich Heine, Edgar Alan Poe, Christina Rosetti, Abram Joseph Ryan, Laurence Dunbar, and others.