Tin Ujević

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Tin Ujević
Tin Kavana.jpg
Born Augustin Ujević
(1891-07-05)5 July 1891
Vrgorac, Austro-Hungarian Empire
Died 12 November 1955(1955-11-12) (aged 64)
Zagreb, PR Croatia, Yugoslavia
Occupation Poet
Language Serbo-Croatian, Croatian
Ethnicity Croatian
Notable works Lelek sebra
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Žedan kamen na studencu


Augustin "Tin" Ujević (pronounced [auɡǔstin tîːn ûːjeʋitɕ]; 5 July 1891 – 12 November 1955) was a Croatian poet.


Ujević was born in Vrgorac, a small town in the Dalmatian hinterland, and grew up in what were then the provincial towns of Imotski and Makarska, and briefly Zagreb, where he was influenced by the circle of Antun Gustav Matoš. He completed classical gymnasium in Split, spent some time in France during WWI and studied in Belgrade, where he lived for 10 of his most fruitful years. Ujević distinguished himself in three fields: as a translator, essayist and feuilletonist and poet. He translated numerous works of poetry, novels and short stories into Serbian and Croatian (Walt Whitman, Marcel Proust, Joseph Conrad, Benvenuto Cellini, George Meredith, ...). He wrote more than ten books of essays, poetry in prose and meditations — but his enduring strength lies chiefly in his monumental poetic opus.[citation needed]

"Zelenu granu s tugom žuta voća..." Ujević's famous poem.

Ujević held a post in the Independent State of Croatia as a translator, and continued to publish some material. For this reason, the Tito regime in Yugoslavia prevented him from continuing with his literary career for several years.[1][2] Ujević died on 12 November 1955 and is buried at Mirogoj Cemetery in Zagreb.[3]

In 2008, a total of 122 streets in Croatia were named after Ujević, making him the ninth most common person for whom streets were named in Croatia.[4]



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