The greatest Croatian poetess, often compared to Ana Akhmatova; unlike Akhmatova, however, the language in which Vesna Parun wrote is spoken by a population smaller than that of a neighbourhood in Moscow. There is almost no man or woman in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia or Montenegro who has not been marked by her verses in one way or the other.
Her creative period was as long as half a century. She lived in resistance to any kind of hypocrisy, and openly criticized immoral authorities.
She showed exceptional empathy toward the suffering of the weak, degraded, powerless and forgotten, and often raised her voice in their name. She herself remained on the margins of society by rejecting convention, and was often deliberately omitted and unjustly neglected in the cultural circles of her own country. Nevertheless, her work remains one of the most valuable features of Croatian cultural identity.
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