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December 9, 1891|
Minsk, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire (now Belarus)
|Died||May 25, 1917
Yalta, Taurida Governorate, Russian Empire (now Ukraine)
|Pen name||«Максім Кніжнік», «Maksim Knizhnik»|
|Occupation||poet, publicist, translator, literary critic|
|Literary movement||Impressionism, symbolism|
In 1896 Adam Bahdanovič moved with his children to Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. At that time Maksim wrote his first poems in the Belarusian language. In 1902 Bahdanovič attended a gymnasium. During the Revolution of 1905 he was an active participant of the strikes organised by his commilitodes.
In 1907 Nasha Niva came out with Bahdanovič's first published work — the novel Muzyka.
In June 1908 the poet's family moved to Yaroslavl'. After finishing school in 1911 Bahdanovič went to Belarus to meet important figures of the Belarusian Renaissance: Vaclau Lastouski, Ivan Luckievich and Anton Luckievich. In the same year he began studying of law at a Yaroslavl' lyceum. During his studies Bahdanovič worked at a newspaper, wrote numerous works of literature and was actively published in both Belarus and Russia.
In the beginning of 1914 his only book of poems, Vianok (A Wreath), was published in Vilna.
The poet's papers were kept at his father's house, but the collection was heavily damaged during the Russian Civil War in 1918.
His standing in Belarusian literature
In 1991–1995 a full collection of Bahdanovich's poetry was published in Belarus.
Bahdanovich created many examples of social, artistic and philosophical lyrics. He was the first poet to introduce several new lyrical forms to Belarusian literature.
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