Branko Radicevic

Radičević, Branko


Born Mar. 15, 1824, in Slavonski Brod; died June 18, 1853, in Vienna. Serbian poet.

Radičević studied law and medicine in Vienna. He was an adherent of the Serbian national renaissance and an associate of V. Karadžić. Radičevic’s first book, Poems, was published in 1847. His narrative poem Farewell to Schoolmates (1847) described the efforts of young people to achieve national liberation. The allegorical narrative poem The Path (1847) satirized Karadžić’s opponents.

Radičević also wrote lyrical poems in which he perfected the poetics of folk songs. In 1848 and 1849 he wrote seven romantic narrative poems, among them Gojko, Stojan, and The Haiduk’s Grave, which were published in collections in 1851 and 1853. Radičević’s unfinished narrative poem Stupid Branko attests to his success in overcoming a creative crisis caused by his disappointment in the outcome of the revolutionary events of 1848.


Pesme. [Introduction by M. Leskovac] Belgrade, 1947.
Izabrana dela. Belgrade, 1959.
In Russian translation:
In Poety Iugoslavii XIX–XX vv. Moscow, 1963.


Ostojić, T. “Studije o Branku Radičevicu.” Rad Jugoslavenske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti, 1918, Book 218.
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