The Death of Smail-aga Čengić

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The Death of Smail-aga Čengić
Author Ivan Mažuranić
Original title Smrt Smail-age Čengića
Country Croatia
Language Croatian
Genre Epic poem
Publication date
1846
Media type Print

The Death of Smail-aga Čengić (Croatian: Smrt Smail-age Čengića) is an epic poem by Ivan Mažuranić published around 1846. It is based on the real events of Smail-aga Čengić, an Ottoman army general (aga) who is famous for his bravery, but disparaged for his truculence; the main motif is his death, happening after he engages in a battle against the Herzegovinian Montenegrins.

The poem was initially ordered by Dimitrija Demeter, and is set in 1840. It is divided in 5 sections and contains exactly 1134 verses.

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Ljutit aga mrko gleda
Gdje se silom divit mora
Silan arslan gorskom mišu.

The angry aga glumly glances
As he, the mighty lion, is forced
To admire the mountain mouse.

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