Janko Král

Král’, Janko


Born Apr. 24, 1822, in Mikulaš died May 23, 1876, in Zlaté Moravce. Slovak poet; participant in the national liberation movement. A jurist by training; also practiced law. In March 1848 he attempted to organize an uprising of the Slovak peasantry, but it failed.

The beginning of Krái’s literary career (1842–44) was influenced by the philosophy and aesthetics of L. štúr. In the period from 1845 to 1849 his works combined a critique of feudalism with ideas of a revolution of the oppressed masses (the epic cycle on Janošík, 1843–44, and the philosophical-lyric cycle Drama of the World, 1844—45). His philosophical richness and the expressive style of his poetry, using images and metaphors, attracted the attention of many 20th-century Slovak poets.


Súborné dielo. Bratislava, 1950.
In Russian translation:
Moia pesnia. Moscow, 1957.


Bogdanova, I. A. “lanko Krai’.” In Istoriia slovatskoi literatury. Moscow, 1970.
Brtán, R. život básnika J. KráVa. Martin, 1972.