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Learn Serbian 365 Days with Songs and Poems - Branko Miljković

If you are at upper-intermediate or advanced level of Serbian, I'm sure you'll fall in love with this poem at first sight/hearing :) Zaljubićete se u ovu pesmu Branka Miljkovića na prvi pogled / prvo slušanje :)



If you are not sure about the words and the meanings, you'll  find it on this lyricstranslation.com page.
For all those who'd like to practise the Genitive case after the preposition "zbog" = because of, here is the exercise based on this magnificient poem.


O Branku Miljkoviću 

[Source: Rastko.rs Iz knjige: Jovan Deretić, Kratka istorija srpske književnosti, BIGZ, Beograd 1983.]
Nov naraštaj pesnika, koji se afirmiše u drugoj polovini 50-ih godina, došao je na pripremljen teren i vec na samom pocetku pokazao niz prednosti što su im omogucile brz prodor u književnost: znatnu književnu kulturu, poznavanje stranih jezika i svetske poezije, negovanost izraza, ovladanost raznim pesnickim tehnikama, preuranjenu zrelost. U tom naraštaju javlja se nekoliko orijentacija. Najizrazitija je neosimbolicka. Njoj pripada glavni pesnik ovog pokolenja Branko Miljkovic (1934-1961). On je prekratio život u dvadesetsedmoj godini i tim cinom snažno obeležio svoju poeziju, koja je od pocetka bila zaokupljena motivom smrti. Ostavio je iza sebe zbirke Uzalud je budim (1957), Poreklo nade i Vatra i ništa (obe 1960), i knjigu rodoljubivih pesama Smrcu protiv smrti (1959), koju je napisao zajedno s crnogorskim pesnikom Blažom Šcepanovicem (1934-1966). Pisao je takode eseje i kritike, prevodio poeziju s ruskog i francuskog. U celom tom opsežnom radu pokazao je neumornost i žurbu ali i umetnicku disciplinu i samosvest. Miljkovic je pesnik intelektualac, uveren da je pesma izraz patetike uma, a ne srca, da se ona dostiže umom" i da izražava "stanja uma", a ne duševna raspoloženja. Po obrazovanju filosof, on je verovao da se mogu prepevati filosofski sistemi. Zato se vracao prvim grckim filosofima, narocito Heraklitu, dovodeci u vezu njihovo ucenje o praelementima s modernom filosofijom bica. U pesnickom izrazu težio je da spoji moderna istraživanja s klasicnim zahtevima, zalagao se za savršenstvo kao najveci ideal pesme, smatrao da "nema velike poezije bez stroge i odredene forme", bio vrstan versifikator i jedan od obnovitelja soneta u našoj posleratnoj poeziji. Odbojan prema tradicionalnoj subjektivnoj lirici, on je na drugoj strani pokazao otvorenost prema nekim drugim tradicionalnim vrednostima: negovao je socijalnu i rodoljubivu poeziju, nadahnjivao se motivima i simbolima iz naše narodne pesme.

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