“Te ha preguntado una jovencita: ¿Qué es la poesía?
Le has querido decir: El hecho de que existes, sí, de que existes,
y que con miedo y asombro
que son la prueba del milagro,
estoy dolorosamente celoso de la plenitud de tu belleza,
y que no te puedo besar ni puedo dormir contigo,
y que no tengo nada, y que el que nada tiene que ofrecer
|Date of Birth:||September 16, 1905|
|Place of Birth:||Prague, Holešovice-Bubny|
|Date of Death||March 31, 1980|
Vladimír Holan (Czech pronunciation: [ˈvlaɟɪmiːr ˈɦolan]) (1905 - 1980) was a Czech poet famous for employing obscure language, dark topics and pessimist views in his poems. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in the late 1960s. He was a member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia.
Holan was born in Prague, but he spent most of his childhood outside the Capital. When he moved back in the 1920s he studied law and started a job as a clerk, a position that was a large source of dissatisfaction for the poet. He lost his father and in 1932 married Věra Pilařová. In the same year he published the collection of poems Vanutí (Breezing), which he considered his first piece of poetic art (there were two books preceding it: Blouznivý vějíř /1926/ and Triumf smrti /1930/). It was his only collection to be reviewed by the knight of Czech critics, František Xaver Šalda, who compared Holan favorably with the French poet Stéphane Mallarmé.