In the post war period, when most poets in Lithuania were writing about politics, or when they were focusing their lyricism on the pastoral, Judita Vai i naite 1937 2001 , without ignoring either politics or her bonds with nature, became a poet of the city Instead of paeans to forest and farm, we find flowers growing out of cracks on the sidewalks, trees dropping their petals over garbage heaps, and run down buildings overcome with a rich luxuriance of weeds Instead of tradition bound country life, we encounter the cosmopolitan woman discovering herself in cafes, cramped Soviet apartments, and labyrinthine streets This thematic concern is connected to her style of sharp and sudden contrasts and juxtapositions Tender lyricism is cut with violence and foreboding Randomness, sudden change, and danger form parts of her poetic experience as much as the beautiful facade, the church bells, and the cobbled streets Vai i naite s city is also the locus of her exploration of the modern woman s identity single, educated, working, free There are poems of love and poems of struggle against the restraints of a patriarchal world, of conflicts between the freedom and power to seek her own career path and the responsibilities of motherhood Nevertheless, Vai i naite did not disconnect herself from her country s past, writing lyrical poems from the perspective of historical and mythological figures Notably, her personages are often woman As a result, the voices of Lithuanian history and myth have never been richer. Read Vagabond Sun: Selected Poems – heartforum.co.uk
Judita Vai i nait a modernist lithuanian poet and translator, one of the most famous female lithuanian poets.Judita s first book Aquarells of Spring was published in 1960 and she continued writing until her death in 2001.Vai i nait uses a large palette of colours and feelings in her poems feelings of love, pride, dignity, fear, sadness of all kinds of emotions, describing them in words tender yet severe as blades.
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- Vagabond Sun: Selected Poems
- Judita Vaičiūnaitė
- 15 August 2018 Judita Vaičiūnaitė