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Juliusz Słowacki (1809–1849)

Słowacki, Juliusz (slō-vats’kē). A celebrated Polish poet, born at Kremenecz in Volhynia, Aug. 23, 1809; died at Paris, April 3, 1849. In his earlier poems he was under the influence of Byron; but escapes from it in the ‘Ode to Liberty,’ ‘Hymn to the Mother of God,’ and ‘Song of the Lithuanian Legion’ (1831). The sentiment of Polish nationality finds fullest expression in the dramatic poem ‘Kordyan’ (1834), and the tragedy ‘Mazeppa.’ Słowacki reaches the height of his lyric power in the poem ‘In Switzerland.’ His last great work, left incomplete, was ‘King Spirit,’ which he designed to be a “Legend of the Ages” of Polish history. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).