Zygmunt Krasiński, Count

Krasiński, Zygmunt, Count (zĭgˈmŏnt kräsēnˈyəskē) [key], 1812–59, Polish romantic poet. An ardent patriot and Slavophile, he lived much of his life abroad. His majestic works, often set in classical antiquity, include The Undivine Comedy (1833, tr. 1875), an allegory of the tragic history of Poland entitled Iridion (1835, tr. 1927), Dawn (1843), and The Psalms of the Future (1845–48). His works transcend nationalist themes in their philosophical concern with the plight of modern humanity.

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