Branko Miljković

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Branko Miljković
Bista Branka Miljkovića ispred Narodnog pozorišta u Nišu, rad vajara Nebojše Mitrića.JPG
A bust of Miljković in his home city
Born (1934-01-29)29 January 1934
Niš, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died 12 February 1961(1961-02-12) (aged 27)
Zagreb, FPR Yugoslavia
Resting place New Cemetery, Belgrade
Nationality Serbian
Alma mater University of Belgrade
Occupation Poet
Years active 1952–1961

Branko Miljković (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранко Миљковић; 29 January 1934 – 12 February 1961) was an iconic Serbian poet.[1]

He was best known throughout Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union and other countries of the Eastern Bloc for his influential writings. At a time when no one could have foreseen anything but a bright future for the poet, he died prematurely in 1961 at the age of 27. He was found hanging from a tree in Zagreb, today's Croatia. This controversial incident was officially recorded as a suicide.[2]

In his one-line poem "Epitaph," he writes "Ubi me prejaka reč" ("I was killed by a word too strong") almost sensing his premature end of life. During the last years of his life, he published five books of poetry (I Wake Her in Vain, Death against Death, The Origin of Hope, Fire and Nothing, The Shining Blood, criticism, and translations of the French Symbolists and Russian poet Osip Mandelstam. He continues to influence poets to this day.

From a poem Jugoslavija, he writes -- "Here is how it started in today's necessity everything without fire burning into itself"—predicting the inevitable that was to come some three decades later.


  1. ^ Politika (2011-10-02). "Kako je stradao Branko Miljković" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  2. ^ Politika (2011-03-10). "Izložba o Branku Miljkoviću" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2017-07-24. 

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