Rubeš, Jan
December 2008
Litteraria Pragensia;2008, Vol. 18/19 Issue 36/37, p6
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Although the poet Vladimir Holan (1905-1980) belongs to the Czech modernist generation, it is difficult to assess his work either in this context or in the wider Czech literary tradition. First, Holan's poetry is hermetic, based on the autonomy of the word, philosophical references and cultural allusions, thus offering multiple possibilities of interpretation. Second, several personal tragedies drove him into ever deeper isolation, further exacerbated by the strain of living under the communist regime. This article describes the relationship between the events of Holan's life and the main features of his poetic work.


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