Monday, October 18, 2010

A poet

Outside the Church of St. Anne in Vilnius is this monument to the Lithuanian/Polish poet Adomas Mickevicius (Adam Mickiewicz in Polish). He was active in the struggle for independence from the Russian Empire in the first half of the 19th century, and is now considered one of the national poets of Poland and of Lithuania, both of whom consider him "their" poet. His national epic Pan Tadeusz, which was written in Polish, starts with:

Lithuania, my fatherland! You are like health;
How much you must be valued, will only discover
The one who has lost you.