JURAJ ROHOŇ V REFLEXII RUDA BRTÁŇA
Juraj Rohoň in reflection by Rudo Brtáň
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The subject of the analysis is a lesser-known study by Rudo Brtáň (1907 – 1998) about Slovak classicist Juraj Rohoň (1773 – 1831), originally from the Turiec region that spent most of his life in Low Land. The study titled Juraj Rohoň was published by R. Brtáň in a literature and culture magazine of Yugoslavian Slovaks called Nový život/New Life/ in 1965, which is produced in Serbia. This is why it remained less accessible and known to a significant part of Slovak literary science. Brtáň´s paper has fundamental importance for understanding of J. Rohoň´s life and work. His findings are confronted with several recent investigations (S. Čelovský, E. Brtáňová, M. Babiak) in the study. A significant part of Brtáň´s research is focused on genealogy, where besides Rohoň´s immediate relatives he tracked other notable figures of this national revivalist, intellectual and artistic family. He also describes in more detail Rohoň´s main literary works: so-called apologias Chvála Slováků/Apotheosis of Slovaks and Palma/A Palm Tree, a collection of neoclassical poems Kratochvílne zpěvy pro mládež rolníckou/Leisure Time Songs for the Farming Youth/, and also a collection of Slovak folk songs Starodávne zpěvy lidu slovenského v Uhrách/Ancient Songs of Slovak Folk in Hungary/, which became a part of Kollár´s Národnie spievanky/National Songs/. The works which defended Slovaks and Slavs earned Rohoň a place in Ján Kollár´s poem Slávy dcera/The Daughter of Sláva/ – Kollár placed him alongside other authors who had published apologias in the Slavic heaven.
384 – 392
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