|| MIHAI EMINESCU
(b. January 15, 1850 in Botosani- d. June
15, 1889 in Bucharest) raised not only poetry, whose best representative
he was to become, but also Romanian literary prose, literary and political
journalism to the highest levels of modern European thinking and feeling.
Its fragrance is unique, bearing a strong national colour. Thus, Eminescu achieved a comprehensive, penetrating and visionary synthesis of the old Thracians and Dacian custom and Latin traditions, that have merged over the past two millenia into an original Romanian cultural pattern, extended over the Carpathians to the Danube and the Black Sea.
Eminescu had only twenty years in which to fully accomplish his work, i. E. between 1864 and 1883, but in this short interval he deeply influenced Romanian consciousness, ardently promoting the ideals of social equity, of the preservation of our people's national unity, its independence and sovereignty, fighting for truth and beauty in life and in art.
His enthusiastic and daring patriotic ideas, his artistically sparkling thinking and feeling, his unmatched contribution to the Romanian history of art and culture and its universal acknowledgement led to his being called "our national genius", "the unmatched poet", "the builder of generations", "the best of poets", "creator of unique beauty" not only by the most illustrious personalities of Romanian culture, starting with: Titu Maiorescu, Nicolae Iorga, Simion Mehedinti, Tudor Vianu- and I only mentioned names that are known to other contemporary cultures as well- up to the youngest artists and exegetes, but also by distinguished personalities of foreign literature , who expressed their appreciation and gratitude by including the creation of the "Morning Star" of Romanian poetry amongst the great values of humanity: G. B. Show, Pablo Neruda, Rafael Alberti and many others.
Eminescu is more honoured today than ever in the
past century of immortality, as an unmatched patriot, poet of love, nature
and philosophical meditation, revolutionary in his thoughts and deeds,
visionary of the nation's destiny, having predicted its "great future".