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Adam Asnyk
Adam Asnyk
(11 September 1838 – 2 August 1897), was a Polish poet and dramatist of the Positivist era. Born in Kalisz
Kalisz
to a noble szlachta family, he was educated to become an heir of his family's estate. As such he received education at the Institute of Agriculture and Forestry in Marymont
Marymont
and then the Medical Surgeon School in Warsaw. He continued his studies abroad in Breslau, Paris
Paris
and Heidelberg. In 1862 he returned to Congress Poland
Congress Poland
and took part in the January Uprising
January Uprising
against Russian rule. Because of that he had to flee his country and settled in Heidelberg, where in 1866 he received a doctorate of philosophy. Soon afterwards he returned to Poland
Poland
and settled in the Austrian-held part of the country, initially in Lwów and then in Kraków.

Contents

1 Life and work 2 Mastery of Verse 3 Books of poetry 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Life and work[edit]

Adam Asnyk
Adam Asnyk
and the Muse, painting by Jacek Malczewski

In 1875 Asnyk married Zofia née Kaczorowska, with whom he had a son, Włodzimierz, and around that time started his career as a journalist. An editor of a Kraków-based Reforma daily, in 1884 he was also chosen to the city council of Kraków. Five years later he was elected to the Diet of Galicia and Lodomeria. Around that time he became one of the most prominent men of culture in partitioned Poland. Among his initiatives was the creation of the Society of Popular Schools and bringing the ashes of Adam Mickiewicz to Poland. He was also among the first members of the Tatra Society. He died on 2 August 1897 in Kraków
Kraków
and was buried at the Skałka church, a burial place for some of the most distinguished Poles, particularly those who lived in Kraków.

Mastery of Verse[edit] Adam Asnyk
Adam Asnyk
was a master of verse. Some of his poems, for example Ulewa (The Heavy Rain) or Daremne żale (The Vain regrets), are among the best examples of iambic metre in all of Polish literature. He also used sophisticated strophes, for instance ottava rima. The poem Wśród przełomu[1] (At the breakthrough) is perhaps the first use of rhyme royal in original Polish poetry. His versification was often discussed by prominent Polish scholars, among others by Maria Dłuska and Lucylla Pszczołowska.[2] Books of poetry[edit]

Nad głębiami (Over the Depths) (1883–1894) Poezje (Poetries) (1869) Poezje (Poetries) (1872) Poezje (Poetries) (1880) Poezje (Poetries) (1894)

See also[edit]

Positivism in Poland

References[edit]

^ Original Text ^ See also: Wiktor Jarosław Darasz, Mały przewodnik po wierszu polskim, Kraków
Kraków
2003 (in Polish).

External links[edit]

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at Find a Grave Polish Literature in English Translation: Adam Asnyk Works by Adam Asnyk
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at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Adam Asnyk
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at LibriVox
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(public domain audiobooks)

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