Karel Hynek Macha Memorial - Prague
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dáin & Olík
N 50° 04.904 E 014° 24.102
33U E 457194 N 5547889
Quick Description: Bronze statue of czech poet K. H. Mácha in parks of Petrin hill.
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 5/3/2009 11:22:39 AM
Waymark Code: WM6AHP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 152

Long Description:
Karel Hynek Macha (November 16, 1810 – November 5, 1836) was a Czech romantic poet.

Macha studied law at university; during that time he also became involved in theatre, where he met Eleonora Somkova, with whom he had a son out of wedlock. He was fond of travel, enjoying trips into the mountains, and eventually moved into Litomerice in order to have a relaxing atmosphere to prepare for law school exams and to write poetry. On the very day he was supposed to be married to Somkova, just a few weeks after he had begun working as a legal assistant, Macha died after a short period of illness. The exact cause of his death is unknown, but both cholera and appendicitis had been suspected.

He is buried at the Vyšehrad cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic. A statue was erected in his honor in Petrín Park, Prague.

His lyrical epic poem Maj (May), published in 1836 shortly before his death, was judged by his contemporaries as confusing, too much individualistic and not in harmony with the national ideas. Czech playwright Josef Kajetan Tyl even wrote a parody on Macha's style, Rozervanec (The chaotic). Maj was rejected by publishers, and was published by a vanity press at Macha's own expense, not long before his early death. Macha's genius was discovered and glorified much later by the poets and novelists of the 1850s generation and Maj is now regarded as the classic work of Czech Romanticism; it could be even be considered one of the best Czech poems ever written.

He also authored a collection of autobiographical sketches titled Pictures From My Life, the 1835–36 novel Gypsies, as well as several individual poems.

(wikipedia)
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