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GEORGE CALINESCU: MIHAI EMINESCU'S LIFE

"Eminescu was endowed with ethical spirit, sensitive to any kind of ideas and feelings that make up a community’s traditions, just like the smoked beams supporting a house roof. In the same time, he was not at all lacking vision of a better future. He did not indulge in his own wishes, but expected great things only for his nation, thus being more of an exponent than an individual (...).

In short, Eminescu was really endowed with the power of expressing pathetic or enraged spirit of a community in danger to be crushed by old society’s stubborn resistance; he had the power of vehemently enlivening and pushing further this community by pointing out the future wrapped into idyllic past. Destiny threw him in the very core of a society apparently enthusiastic for progress and hurrying to cast off its unfashionable attire, but actually strongly determined to stick to its privileges (...).

This is how the greatest poet ever born or likely to be born on Romanian land passed away in his prime. Below a lonely star fading in the far-off skies, rivers might run dry and a forest or a fortress might sprout over his tomb, before this land could gather up every drop of sap to make it rise again in the slender stalk of another lily, whose perfume strength could match the poet's own."

(Translated by Junona Tutunea)

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