August Sang

Sang, August


Born July 27, 1914, in Pärnu; died Oct. 14, 1969, in Tallinn. Soviet Estonian poet and translator. Honored Writer of the Estonian SSR (1969).

Between 1934 and 1942, Sang studied in the department of philosophy of the University of Tartu. Two collections of verse from that period, A Youth in Search of Happiness (1936) and Stone Walls (1939), reflect the poet’s movement away from philosophical idealism and romantic contemplation toward publicistic and civic-minded themes. During the Soviet era, Sang published the anthologies Bread and a Kiss (1963) and One Hundred Songs (1965). He also translated various works into Estonian, including Goethe’s Faust and the poetry of H. Heine, M. lu. Lermontov, N. A. Nekrasov, and A. T. Tvardovskii.


Luuletused. Tallinn, 1971.
In Russian translation:
Iz trekh knig. Moscow, 1967.


Kuusberg, P. “August Sang.” Keel ja Kirjandus, 1969, no. 12.
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