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You never know who could be interested in Croatian literature. Judita is a epic poem about a beautiful Jewish widow who seduces and then beheads the enemy of her people.
Does that sound fammiliar? Yes, the plot of this epic poem is taken from the Old Testament the book of Ju I never planed to write a review of Croatian book in English but since I've seen a negative one sentence comment about Judita written in English language by Croatian girl , why wouldn't I write something more constructive?
Yes, the plot of this epic poem is taken from the Old Testament the book of Judith. Why is that story important for the Croats of 16th century? I'm getting to that. Imagine you are a member of the noble family living in a beautiful Reinassance city of Split, a former residence of Roman emparor. You're a humanist,poeta doctus , supremely educated and gifted. There is just one problem. Outside the city walls you can see Turkish invades killing your people and burning your land. It sorts of kills the gusto of classical humanistic themes.
So you write a epic poem, one that celebrates a brave religious Jewish women to bust the morale of the people a little bit. The city of Dubrovnik at that time an independent Republic of Dubrovnik is true to their moto: We do not sell freedom for any gold. But buying freedom from Sultan is pricy, much gold is needed. Dubrovnik is the only city on Dalmatian coast that can afford it. On the basis of their brilliant diplomacy and their gold, people of the Dubrovnik enjoy their freedom.
There is no epic poetry in Dubrovnik, you can write love sonnets when there is noone trying to kill you. Let's get back to Split. Interestigly, something simmilar actually happens in Croatian oral literature some people believe it to be true when a Croatian girl enters a Turkish camp, seduces the chief and blows the camp up.
Yes, Croatian literature is influenced by our years long fight against the Turks. Judita is written in a Dalmatian dialect, making in difficult to read if you're not a Dalmatian. I don't know anything about the English translation. It's my theory that some Croatians do not appreaciate it because they cannot understand it. To conclude, this is a great poem. In particular, the writing is brilliant. It is easy to see the poet's genious in the complex rhyming sheme. The end rhyme of the first couplet is transferred to the central position in the next couplet, achieving a quadruple assosance.
The metrical scale is raised to the highest level. View 1 comment. Mar 22, Ivana Books Are Magic rated it it was amazing. Why is this story immensely important for the Croats of 16th century? Why do we consider Marko Marulic a father of Croatian literature on the basis of this epic poem alone? Why do we make students read it? The answer lies in the historical context of this poem.
As much as the beauty of its poetry speaks for itself, to truly understand this poem and what drove the author to write it, you need to know a bit about the political and historical situation of the time. As the goodreads page will inform Why is this story immensely important for the Croats of 16th century? As the goodreads page will inform you, Marko Marulic was a Croatian national poet and Renaissance humanist, known as one of the most important figures of the Croatian Medieval Age.
Considered by many as the father of the Croatian Renaissance and even literature , Marulic was also the first who defined and used the notion of psychology, which is today in current use. He was a many of many talents, but is best remembered for this poem. Why is that? Imagine you are a member of the noble family living in a beautiful Renaissance city of Split, a former residence of Roman emperor. You wrote and published many texts in Latin and you're respected in Europe.
Everything seems to be going well for you. So, what to do? You write a epic poem, one that celebrates a brave religious Jewish women to bust the morale of the people a little bit. Instead of writing it in Latin because you know that other Europeans cannot care less about your local situation , you write it in Croatian.
That is what Marko Marulic did. He stepped outside his humanistic themes and created something relevant for its time. The city of Dubrovnik at that time an independent Republic of Dubrovnik is true to their motto: We do not sell freedom for any gold. But buying freedom from Sultan is pricey, extremely pricey. Much gold is needed. Possibly the only city in the known world who could afford it at the time for at the high of their power, the Republic of Dubrovnik was the wealthiest country in Europe, surpassing even Venice.
There is no epic poetry in Dubrovnik, for you can afford to write love sonnets when there is nobody trying to kill you. The situation is different in Split that is nowhere as wealthy as Dubrovnik. Let's get back to Split and the birth of this curious thing we can call Renaissance epic poetry. People there need some encouragement and being a religious fellow that he was Marulic advises them to be like Judith, to trust in God and be brave. Interestingly, something similar actually happens in Croatian oral literature many people believe it to be a true story when a Croatian girl enters a Turkish camp, seduces the chief and blows the camp up.
That kind of historical context is important in understand this play. Basically, Croatian literature is heavily influenced by our years long fight against the Turks. Expect when it comes to Dubrovnik, but they were impossibly wealthy diplomatic geniuses who got along with everyone, including the sultan. It is easy to see the poet's genius in the complex rhyming scheme. The end rhyme of the first couplet is transferred to the central position in the next couplet, achieving a quadruple assonance.
Moreover, the poem itself is easy to read. The descriptions are very descriptive. Finally, the protagonist Judith is simply wonderful. It is indeed refreshing to see such a brave and kick-ass female protagonist in a work of literature that was published in !
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