France Prešeren; Ghazals; Gazele; Ljubljana; Krajna; Slovenia; Romanticism; romantyzm
"Bibliotheca Nostra" (2017), nr 3, s. 110-117
The “Ghazals” cycle of 1832 represents for Prešeren an anticipation of his later work
“A Wreath of Sonnets” and shows the skills of a true poet-virtuoso. Prešeren followed the
model of German Romantics with great independence: in his lyrics there are no mysticalmetaphysical
elements or Oriental stylization. A Slovenian and European spirit prevails.
This work differs from the usual Prešeren’s themes such as unhappy love and pain. The
author refl ects here on poetry and on its redeeming function, rather than on the beauty of
The connection of two subjects such as love for a woman and love for his country is an
original and quite rare trait among Romantics.