poet Attila Jozsef

Attila Jozsef

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Attila József was one of the most important and well-known Hungarian poets of the 20th century.

Attila József is the best known of the modern Hungarian poets internationally. His poems have been translated into many languages and he is taught in world literature classes around the globe. Hailed during the communist era of the 1950s as Hungary's great "proletarian poet", his life, personality, and works are now being re-evaluated with the current celebrations of the centenary of his birth.

His first volume of poetry was A szépség koldusa (1922); at that time he was 17 and still in school. József studied privately for a year, and then entered the University of ... more »

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Best Poem of Attila Jozsef

Nagyon Fáj (It Hurts So Much)

Kívül-belôl
leselkedó halál elöl
(mint lukba megriadt egérke)

amíg hevülsz,
az asszonyhoz úgy menekülsz,
hogy óvjon karja, öle, térde.

Nemcsak a lágy,
meleg öl csal, nemcsak a vágy,
de odataszít a muszáj is -

ezért ölel
minden, ami asszonyra lel,
míg el nem fehérül a száj is.

Kettôs teher
s kettôs kincs, hogy szeretni kell.
Ki szeret, s párra nem találhat,

oly hontalan,
mint amilyen gyámoltalan
a szükségét végzô vadállat.

Nincsen agyéb
menedékünk; a kés hegyét
bár anyádnak szegezd, te bátor!...

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