Jan Neruda

(9 July 1834 – 22 August 1891 / Czech Republic (formely Czechoslovakia))

Jan Neruda
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Jan Nepomuk Neruda was a Czech journalist, writer and poet, one of the most prominent representatives of Czech Realism and a member of "the May school".

Jan Neruda was born in Prague, Bohemia, son of a small grocer who lived in the Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter) district of Prague. After studying philosophy and philology, he worked as a teacher until 1860, when he became a freelance journalist and writer. Neruda never married but had a close relationship to the writer Karolína Světlá.

In his work Neruda promoted the idea of rebirth of Czech patriotism. He participated in all the central cultural and political struggles of his generation, and gained a reputation ... more »

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Písne Kosmické (#15)

Mesicek, pekny mladenec,
s jemne zarici lici,
obleta Zemi panenku
jak holub holubici.

Kdyz ji hled jeho polibi,
zvlni se nadra jeji,
ohen se vnitrni rozkypi
a rty se zarem chveji.

Prece se vecne upejpa,
ret jeji vzdy zas chladne,
stoudne si vede vpovzdali -
a Mesic schne a vadne.

Znej ty panenky jako ja,
budes si vest jinace:
ve dne se kazda upejpa -
a v noci blahem place.

Panenka Zem po celou noc
hledi k tve slicne tvari -
k ranu je plno rosnych slz
jak divcim po polstari.

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