Din Mehmeti

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Din Mehmeti
Din Mehmeti 2006.jpg
Mehmeti in 2006
Born 1932
Gjocaj, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died 2010 (aged 77–78)
Gjakova, Kosovo[a]
Occupation poet, writer
Language Albanian
Nationality Kosovar
Alma mater University of Belgrade
Period 1961–2001

Din Mehmeti (1932 – 12 November 2010) was an Albanian poet from Kosovo. He was among the best-known classical representatives of contemporary verse in Kosovo.[a][1]


He was born in 1932 in the village of Gjocaj, Junik, near Gjakova, Kosovo. He studied Albanian language and literature at the University of Belgrade. He later lectured at the teacher training college in Gjakova. Although he has published some prose, literary criticism and a play, he is known primarily for his figurative poetry which has appeared in fifteen volumes between 1961 and 1999.[2]

Mehmeti's verse is one of indigenous sensitivity.[2] He relies on many of the figures, metaphors and symbols of northern Albanian popular verse to imbue and stabilize his restless lyrics with the stoic vision of the mountain tribes. Despite the light breeze of romanticism which wafts through his verse, as critic Rexhep Qosja once put it, this creative assimilation of folklore remains strongly fused with a realist current, at times ironic, which takes its roots in part from the ethics of revolt in the tradition of Migjeni and Esad Mekuli. Mehmeti's poetic restlessness is, nonetheless, not focused on messianic protest or social criticism but on artistic creativity and individual perfection.[2]


  • Në krahët e shkrepave (1961)
  • Rini diellore (1966)
  • Dridhjet e dritës (1969)
  • Heshtja e kallur (1972)
  • Fanar në furtuna (1981)
  • Agu, dramë (1982)
  • Prapë fillimi (1996)
  • Klithmë është emri im (Tirana, 2002)
  • Mos vdis kur vdiset (2001)


  1. ^ a b Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 112 out of 193 United Nations member states.


  1. ^ "Vdiq poeti Din Mehmeti" (in Albanian). Gazeta Express. 12 November 2010. Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Robert Elsie (2011), Historical Dictionary of Kosovo, Historical Dictionaries of Europe (79) (2 ed.), The Scarecrow Press, Inc, pp. 185–186, ISBN 9780810874831