Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855) is regarded by many as the greatest Polish romantic poet. He is probably best known for his epic poem Pan Tadeusz.
Some works by Adam Mickiewicz:
- Pan Tadeusz
- Dziady (Forefathers’ Eve)
- Konrad Wallenrod
- Ballady i romanse
- Sonnets From The Crimea
Favourite lines and quotations:
- “Such coffee as in Poland you’ll not find elsewhere…”
- “This was vodka from Gdańsk, to a Pole a drink dear.”
- “In the pots warmed the bigos; mere words cannot tell of its wondrous taste, colour and marvellous smell.”
- “No frogs croak as divinely as Polish ones do.”
- “After slender ‘boletus’ (Borowik mushrooms) the young ladies throng.”
Selected facts about Adam Mickiewicz:
- Adam Mickiewicz was born in Navahrudak / Nowogródek now located in Belarus.
- All of Mickiewicz’s work was written in the Polish language.
- Adam Mickiewicz is often referred to as one of Poland’s ‘three bards’ (trzej wieszcze). The other two being Juliusz Słowacki and Zygmunt Krasiński.
- His body was originally buried in Montmorency, Val-d’Oise, France, but his remains moved to Wawel Cathedral in Kraków, Poland, in 1890.