Oton Zupancic

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Župančič, Oton


(also O. Župančić). Born Jan. 23, 1878, in the village of Vinica; died June 11, 1949, in Ljubljana. Slovene poet. Member of the Slovene Academy of Arts and Sciences (1938). One of the representatives of so-called Slovene modernism, whose adherents were opposed to conservatism and rigidity in literature and political life. In addition to intimate lyrical and philosophical-humanistic motifs, the national and social tragedy of the Slovene people, which was oppressed byAustria-Hungary until 1918, was expressed in Župančič’s poetry.

In 1941, Župančič began to write for the underground partisan press. His main collections of poems were The Cup of Ecstasy (1899), On the Plains (1904), Conversations With Myself (\9Q8), The Dawn of St. Vitus’ Day (1920), and The Snow-covered Periwinkle (1945). Zupancic also wrote children’s poetry and worked as a dramatist, publicist, and translator.


Dela, vols. 1–5. Ljubljana, 1936–50.
Zbrano delo, vols. 1–3. Ljubljana, 1956–59.
In Russian translation:
Probuzhdenie. Moscow, 1961.
[“Stikhi.”] In Poety Iugoslavii XIX-XX vv. Moscow, 1963.


Ryzhova, M. I. “Tvorcheskii put’ O. Zhupanchicha i ego vklad v razvitie slovenskoi progressivnoi poezii XX v.” In the collection Razvitie zarubezhnykh slavianskikh literatur v XX v. Moscow, 1964.
Mahnič, J. Oton Župančič. Maribor, 1955.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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In the Slovenian primary and secondary school system, the following mandatory authors are included in the first three years: Niko Grafenauer, Oton Zupancic, Kajetan Kovic, Ela Peroci, Svetlana Makarovic, one contemporary author (selected by a teacher or student) and Slovenian folk songs (see Poznanovic Jezersek, Cestnik, Cuden, Gomivnik Thuma, Honzak, Krizaj Ortar, Rosc Leskovec, Zveglic 21-22).
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Oton Zupancic Public Library Youth Centre (city library in the city centre).
I.) published a series of children's poems in the Vrtec under the title Otrocje igre v pesencah (Children's Games in Poems) and in 1899 a cycle of children's poems entitled Jutro (Morning) was included in the collection of poems for adult readers entitled Casa opojnosti (Cup of Ecstasy) by Oton Zupancic. In the nineteenth century, particular in the second half, writing for children was considered marginal and therefore many authors used pseudonyms, first names, initials, or remained anonymous.