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‘Donelaitis’
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Accent: Standard
AuthorLinas
Date: 2/16/2006

Description of what is on the sound file:
Donelaitis was the first important poet who wrote in Lithuanian. He lived in Eastern Prussia who belonged to the German kingdom of Prussia and was a Lutheran priest by profession. Having a classical education(Latin and old Greek) he saw the affinity of Lithuanian to the classical languages and decided to write a Lithuanian poem in classical hexameter. This was his poem Four seasons of year. He did not publish the poem since only illiterate peasant spoke Lithuanian at that time but rather he used to read the excerpts of the poem to his parishioners. The poem was finally published in 1822 by Ludwig Rhesa, professor of the Koenigsberg university with a translation in German. Donelaitis also wrote several poems in German - it seems he was a talented poet. Unfortunately he did not practice his German Lyra too much.


Transcript of sound file:
Jau saulelė vėl atkopdama budino svietą
Ir šaltos žiemos triūsus pargriaudama juokės
Šalčių pramonės su ledais sugaišti pagavo
ir putodams sniegs visur į nieką pavirto


Translation:
Already the sun again rising awakened the world
And of cold winter works knocking-down laughed
Of frosts the industries with ices disappear started
And foaming snow everywhere into nothing converted
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