Maria Konopnicka

Rookie - 427 Points (23 May 1842 – 8 October 1910 / Suwalki)

Maria Konopnicka
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Maria Konopnicka [1842-1910], 'Queen of Polish Poetry', 'Bardess of the People' the most popular Polish poet of her time, praised highly among others by the Nobel Prize winner Henryk Sienkiewicz [1846-1916].

Maria Konopnicka's funeral in Lviv was attended by almost 50,000 people, and to this day this great poet has her own and special place in the hearts of ordinary Polish people.

Konopnicka's poetry has a pinch of Hans Christian Andersen's magic and warmth, and this warmth and magic is not lost in free-verse translation.

This page is maintained by Przemyslaw Musialowski, son of Polish poet Wieslaw Musialowski, whose poetry has often been compared to the ... more »

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  • '''Guard thresholds so dear to you with your heart,
    and lay your heart among beloved walls'

    Maria Konopnicka (1842-1910) , Polish poetess.'A Song Of The Dear Family House'''
    home, love for home, love for home country
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  • '''Paint me such a village in the valley,
    sad with dark green firs and cheerful with crops...'

    Maria Konopnicka (1842-1910) , Polish poetess.'A wish'''
    wish, imagery, countryside, country
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  • '''And only people make ours, so dear to my heart'

    Maria Konopnicka (1842-1910) , Polish poetess.'In a foreign land'''
    homesickness, homeland, home, mother country, home country
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  • '''My homeland - dear land, where for the first time
    I saw the sun and where I came to know God'

    Maria Konopnicka (1842-1910) , Polish poetess. 'My homeland'''
    homeland, love for the homeland, home country, mother country
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  • '''My homeland - our forefathers' glory'

    Maria Konopnicka (1842-1910) , Polish poetess. 'My homeland'''
    homeland, love, love for homeland, home country, patriotic, mother country
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Best Poem of Maria Konopnicka

Be Strong

Translated by Przemyslaw Musialowski 11/1/2019

Be strong, o brother! And with your eagle wings
whip the clouds, that clouds which threaten you with a storm...
We were born by days so sad and so hard
that great strength is needed not to die out
at some early, lonely grave like a blood-red lightning bolt,
but to live bravely on earth full of tears.

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Be strong! let your young arms
bear the burdens, worthy of your efforts...
Let brotherly love fill your chest...
For as long as at least one spirit in darkness dwells,
as long as at least one ...

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