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Freska geležinkelio stotyje

  • Country in which the text is set
    Lithuania
  • Featured locations

    Palanga (Palanga)
    Ricieliai (Ricieliai)

  • Impact

    The mood of this poem reflects a difficult period of self-identifying, when Lithuania regained its independence ("i will be green, red and black with undertone"), when the soviet army was marched off, the tragedy when ferry "Estonia" sunk (at that time the poet lived in the isle of Gothland). The parlellism of nature and man’s life conveys feelings,emotions are emphasized through colors and the opposition between civilisation and nature. The polemic tone of the poem is inspired by a poem about a rowan, of another Lithuanian poet Henrikas Čigriejus.

    Sigitas Geda is considered to be one of the most important figures of Lithuanian literature. His creative work is a great Lithuanian national cultural value. His voice stood out in front of others, his exceptional relation with Lithuanian culture, ethno genesis, language and religion provoked and gave birth to a cultural field that stood up under the years of Soviet occupation. The poets merit is breaking many stereotypes about poetry and its forms. You can call him one of reformers of poetry led by the generation of Vytautas P. Bložė,Marcelijus Martinaitis and others. Very often it is nearly impossible to translate the poems of S. Geda, for their many contexts and his own multicultural myths. For this reason authors comments on his poetry become another important part of his creative work.

  • Balticness

    Sigitas Geda was a unique poet. He was in constant search for answers to his questions, such as the identity of nation, genesis of language, relations between nations and their cultures, linguistic ties, parallels of man and nature, origins of religion, etc. Lithuanian language is not marinistic. Sigitas Geda gave a lot of his attention to the sea, which he saw as a primordial element, a link between northern tribes, a place, from which many things came or were originated in it (in various manners). Following the Indo-European prehistory he unified the great myths of various nations, archetypes, symbols, manipulated etymology, saw the ancient and the modern history, one and many tribes at the same time, thus making his individual myth. His poetry is multi-plane and polyphonic, significant to whole region of Baltic.

    Erika Drungyte

  • Bibliographic information
    Form the collection "Jotvingių mišios", Vilnius: Andrena 1997
    All poems by Sigitas Geda are included in the selection “Angelas krintantis Palangoj”, Vilnius 2001.

     

  • Translations
    Language Year Translator
    English 2002 Kerry Shawn Keys
    Latvian 2004 Knuts Skujenieks
    Polish 2002 Joanna Tabor
    Swedish 2001 Ulf Eriksson, Anna Harrison, Mikael Nydahl, Carina Nynäs, Liana Ruokytė, Casper Udmark
  • Year of first publication
    1997
  • Place of first publication
    Vilnius

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