digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















Branko Radičević
Branko Radičević 2.jpg
Born Aleksije Radičević
28 March 1824
Slavonski Brod, Croatia
Died 1 July 1853 (aged 29)
Pen name Branko
Occupation Poet
Ethnicity Serb
Literary movement Romanticism

Aleksije "Branko" Radičević (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранко Радичевић, Serbian pronunciation: [brǎːŋko radǐːtʃeʋitɕ]; 28 March 1824 – 1 July 1853) was an influential Serbian poet and the founder of modern Serbian lyric poetry.


Branko Radičević was born in Slavonski Brod on 15 March 1824. Aleksije was his baptismal name before he changed it to Branko, a more common Serbian name. He finished high school in Sremski Karlovci, the setting of his best poems.[1] He studied in Vienna[citation needed]. In 1847 Radičević's first book of poetry appeared, announcing a new era in Serbian poetry[citation needed]. He went to Serbia but soon returned to Vienna to study medicine, where he was surrounded by Serb intellectuals, either living in the city or passing through, including his lifelong friend Bogoboj Atanacković, Vuk Karadžić, Đuro Daničić, Milica Stojadinović-Srpkinja, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, and others[citation needed]. Radičević's second collection of poetry was a bit weaker than the first[citation needed]. He wrote after this, but never recovered his early raptures, except among the very latest of all his poems, the enchanting welcome to death, in this twenty-ninth year, entitled Kad mlidijah umreti (As I Thought of Dying)[citation needed].

Radičević gave expression to simple emotion such as joy on a sunny morning or in a fishing boat, pleasure derived from flowers, the exuberance of school youth, patriotic fervor, and love's joys and sorrows. His youthful zeal is also expressed in unabashed eroticism and in the exultation of wine, women and song, according to critic Jovan Skerlić, perhaps the best authority on Branko Radičević. More importantly, he was the first to write poetry in the simple language of the common folk[citation needed]. He attempted to recreate rhythm of the folk song, thus supporting the belief of Vuk Karadžić that even poetry can be written in the language of peasants and shepherds."[citation needed] Radičević proved to be very important to Vuk Karadžić's victory because he gathered his generation of young writers and poets around the cause of language reform. His work was described as the first dew of Serbian poetry in the folk language of Vuk Karadžić.

Skerlić writes in his History of New Serbian Literature that Branko Radičević had a significant influence on Jovan Jovanović Zmaj, Bogoboj Atanacković, Kosta Ruvarac, Jovan Grčić Milenko, and other Serbian poets and writers of the period.

He died of tuberculosis in Vienna 1853 and in 1883 his remains were buried in Stražilovo.[2] Radičević's early death was a great loss to Serbian letters; for he was by far the most promising of the younger lyric poets of his time.[citation needed]


Djački rastanak (The Parting of Schoolfriends) is the best and most popular of his works. Nothing is lovelier in this remarkable poem than those passages in which he pictures the life of college students. For a time he gives himself up to the fleeting impressions of the moment. He greets the gently rolling hills and coolness of the forest and delights in the view of the Danube valley below with its widening rivers and vistas. In Put (A Journey), a magnanimous allegory, Branko has shown unusual skill in satirical nomenclature by stigmatizing Vuk Stefanović Karadžić's adversaries who disapproved the reforms of language and orthography. His lyrics display extreme tenderness, beauty, originality and delicacy of fancy. Some of his shorter pieces are adapted to national melodies and are sung by young people all over the country. His poetry may be small in bulk and slight in body, but it endures, and will endure, in Serbian literature, because it is the embodiment of the spirit of immortal youth. It has been said that Branko is the poet of spring, and those who have not read him before the meridian of their lives may abandon all hope of penetrating him when the snows of time are on their heads.

Interestingly enough, Radičević left some unfinished work. He left at least one text meriting close attention in any inquiry into Slavic Romantic irony, the ambitious unfinished poem of 1477 lines, composed in 1849, and featuring two titles: Ludi Branko (Branko the Fool) and Bezimena (Unnamed). Seventy-four years later, literary critics Pavle Popović and his brother Bogdan Popović found that in this poetic fragment "there is no poetry whatsoever" and that it "merits no compliment of any kind." Comparisons with European phenomena lead Serbian intellectuals and publicists such as Tihomir Ostojić, Ilija M. Petrović, Božidar Kovačević and Vladeta Vuković to reduce it to an imitation or at best thorough influence of Byron. Only after the centenary of Radičević's death, began the re-evaluation of Bezimena in essays by Salko Nezečić, Ljubiša Rajković and others. Milan Dedinac and Miodrag Popović, in his 1969 treatise, which is the first true scholarly study of the fragment since Ostojić's monograph of 1918, both move Bezimena away from Byron and Romanticism and toward Pushkin's Eugene Onegin and Vissarion Belinsky's essay of 1843 about Pushkin and Realism.


Between 1845 and 1852, at the very climax of the personal activity of Vuk Stefanović Karadžić, several poets were born, who were destined to enrich the Serbian language with its first group of lyrical blossoms. Of these eldest, Peter II Petrovich Njegoš and Branko Radičević, were men of extraordinary gifts, and destined to fascinate the attention of posterity, not only by the brilliance of their work, but by the suffering and brevity of their lives. Njegoš was not only the greatest Serbian poet of the 19th century, but he had few rivals in Europe, if not the world. Radičević, meanwhile, excited great hopes in his contemporaries, but left less that is immortal behind him.

Branko Radičević, therefore, was more important to Vuk's victory in the battle for language reform, but it was Njegoš whose use of the popular language was the most profound.

Notable poems[edit]

  • Kad mlidijah umreti (As I Thought of Dying)
  • Tuga i opomena (Sadness and Warning)
  • Đački rastanak (The Parting of Schoolfriends)
  • Put (A Journey)
  • Bezimena (Unnamed)

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • Jovan Skerlić, Istorija Nove Srpske Književnosti / A History of New Serbian Literature (Belgrade, 1914 and 1921), pages 279–288

External links[edit]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branko_Radičević — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
7717 videos foundNext > 

Branko Radicevic - Kad mlidijah umreti

Branko Radičević http://www.facebook.com/pages/Branko-Radi%C4%8Devi%C4%87/148991311793185?ref=ts&fref=ts BIOGRAFIJA Branko Radičević je rođen u Slavonskom Br...

Branko Radičević - Đački rastanak: Kolo, kolo, naokolo

Бранко Радичевић (1824-1853) - Ђачки растанак: Коло, коло, наоколо Branko Radičević (1824-1853) - Đački rastanak: Kolo, kolo, naokolo Бранко Радичевић је био...

V3 OS Branko Radicevic - Gangam style

Merima Njegomir - Gde si dušo, gde si rano (Ukor), stihovi Branko Radičević

Branko Radičević - Djački rastanak (odlomak)

Branko Radičević - Đački rastanak (odlomak)

Zvonko Bogdan - Sunce žeže (Branko Radičević) (LIVE)

Sa koncerta Zvonka Bogdana u Beču...

Radicevic Branko.flv

SKUD "Branko Radicevic" Lugano - Igre iz okoline Bujanovca

SKUD "Branko Radicevic" Lugano - Igre iz okoline Bujanovca.

KUD Branko Radičević-BEŠKA, koncert povodom 60 god. postojanja,03.06.2012..avi

Proslava povodom 60 godina postojanja... Celovečernji koncert KUD-a "Branko Radičević" BEŠKA, 03.06.2012. 1.U MOM SELU NA ŠORU...igre iz Srema Školica folklo...

Branko Radicevic Kad mlidijah umreti

Branko Radicevic Kad mlidijah Stihove govori: Radmila Nikolajevic.

7717 videos foundNext > 

503 news items


Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:15:00 -0800

Išao sam u Osnovnu školu „Branko Radičević”, u bloku 45. I tada su, kao i sada, blokovi bili malo problematični, ali nisam padao u iskušenja. Imao sam fenomenalno detinjstvo. Nikada nisam bio problematičan. Ali, i sport je uvek vukao napred. Otac je ...
Вечерње Новости
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:22:30 -0800

ŠID - Teški srčani bolesnici Jelena Radovanović (34), koja boluje od dilatitativne kardiomiopatije, i njena 14-godišnja ćerka Vanja, učenica osmog razreda OŠ "Branko Radičević" u Šidu, čije srce radi sa polovinom snage, bore se sa zdravstvenim nedaćama.
Nezavisne Novine
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:01:52 -0800

Drugo mjesto pripalo je OŠ "Vuk Stefanović Karadžić", dok je treća OŠ "Branko Radičević". Uoči svečanog otvaranja Ostoja Kremenović je u ime organizatora takmičenja, OŠK "Mala rokada", uručio prigodne poklone Maši i Bojanu Maksimoviću, evropskom ...
Magyar Szó
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:52:30 -0800

Az ősz elején kezdte meg Moholon Ada község önkormányzata és a moholi helyi közösség a földes utcák aszfaltozását, amelyekben a tervezett 7 kilométeres szakaszból mostanára megközelítőleg 3 kilométeres távon már elkészült a műút, és szinte minden ...


Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:24:05 -0800

Međutim, školski odbor se oglušio o predlog nastavničkog veća i doneo odluku o postavljanju drugog kandidata Đure Kosića, koji se već nalazi na direktorskoj funkciji u OŠ “Branko Radičević” u Velikoj Moštanici i koji je dobio podršku samo četiri člana ...


Глас Српске
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:33:45 -0700

Sremski Karlovci - "Brankovo kolo" svečano je zatvoreno uručenjem međunarodne nagrade "Branko Radičević" mađarskom književniku Petru Miloševiću u najstarijoj srpskoj gimnaziji u Sremskim Karlovcima. Diplomu "Brankovog kola" i statuetu Branka ...

Вечерње Новости

Вечерње Новости
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 02:20:08 -0800

U američkoj filmskoj industriji svakako će ostati upisana imena Borisa Majkla Šoše i Karla Maldena. Ostalo je zabeleženo da je rolu u jednom od prvih vesterna, odigrao izvesni Marić, iseljenik sa Balkana ...


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:17:16 -0700

Najčešći uzrok je nepoštovanje saobraćajnih propisa i neprilagođena brzina. Najugroženiji su pešaci na pešačkom prelazu u Karađorđevoj ulici, kod zgrade Pošte, a žarišta koja smo uspeli da saniramo bila su kod Ekonomske škole i OŠ „Branko Radičević“.

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight