By Peter Petro
A survey of the heritage of Slovak literature from the center a long time to the current. The medieval, Renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, realist and smooth classes are highlighted as are contributions of writers like Hronsky, Kollar, Papanek, Rufus, Safarik, Transovshy, Tatarka and Zaborsky.
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While he satirized laziness and praised work, he mercilessly ridiculed the noblemen, especially the cowardly ones. His manner of expression showed the excess typical of any Baroque author, but it is tempered by its wealth of folk sayings, proverbs, and everyday locutions. Catholic Baroque poetry at its best is represented by Jan Abrahamffy's Knizka modliteb ndboznych (The book of religious prayers, 1693). This is a collection of prose and versified prayers inspired by the horrors of the times (Turkish wars, rebellions) and imbued with deep Franciscan religiosity and mysticism.
Janosik A separate chapter would be needed to explore fully the Janosik myth, or legend. Despite his many detractors among critics and historians, the myth bears all the signs of longevity and vitality. Juraj Janosik, a thief - or, rather, a brigand - was executed by hanging on a hook in 1713. " And with these words Janosik is said to have jumped on the hook himself, spurning the chance of an imperial pardon and army service instead of execution. Or so says the legend. There is in Slovak poetry of the Baroque period an entire corpus of "Janosik poems," as well as an early-eighteenth-century "Song of Janosik," which celebrates robbery of the Janosik kind: taking from the rich in order to help the poor, in Robin Hood fashion.
Gavlovic wrote other major works: Skola krest'anskd (Christian school, 1758), Skola duchovni (Spiritual school, 1777), Kamen pomoci (The stone of help, 1779), Kniha marnosti sveta (The book of the vanity of the world, 1780), and Pet'sto nauceni o dobrych mravoch (Five Hundred lessons about good manners), all of them unpublished. Janosik A separate chapter would be needed to explore fully the Janosik myth, or legend. Despite his many detractors among critics and historians, the myth bears all the signs of longevity and vitality.