1 Life and work 2 Mastery of Verse 3 Books of poetry 4 See also 5 References 6 External links
Life and work 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 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 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 (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.
Books of poetry Nad głębiami (Over the Depths) (1883–1894) Poezje (Poetries) (1869) Poezje (Poetries) (1872) Poezje (Poetries) (1880) Poezje (Poetries) (1894) See also Positivism in Poland References
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^ See also: Wiktor Jarosław Darasz, Mały przewodnik po wierszu polskim, Kraków 2003 (in Polish).
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