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Ronelle Alexander

The Serbian Poetic Word: 17th Annual Peter N. Kujachich Lecture in Serbian and Montenegrin Studies

Lecture | April 25 | 5-7 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room


Ronelle Alexander, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley

Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)


“Most poetry is not equipped for a world in which people actually die. But some is.” These words, attributed to the great poet Czesław Miłosz, come to mind when one thinks of Serbian poetry. The lecture explores what it is that makes the poetic word – and especially the Serbian poetic word – so powerful. By examining the ways in which the poetry of their language has sung to Serbs throughout their history, it attempts to show how their great poets have “equipped” them to live “in a world in which people actually die.”


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