Ten Poems of Mato Kosyk (1853–1940) Translated and Introduced
Author: Stone, Gerald
Source: Slavonica, Volume 12, Number 1, April 2006 , pp. 25-39(15)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Mato Kosyk, the foremost Lower Sorbian (Lower Wendish) poet, was born in 1853 in Werben, fifty miles south-east of Berlin. Despite the limits of his literary inheritance (mainly devotional texts and folklore) he began in his mid twenties to produce secular lyric poetry in profusion. At the age of thirty he emigrated to the USA, where he became a Lutheran pastor, but his poetic activity was interrupted only by his death in 1940. The ten poems of which translations are appended to the article span a period of over fifty years and reflect various chapters in the poet's life story. An unusual feature is the juxtaposition of Sorbian and American themes.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-04-01