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Naim Frasheri a Balcan Poet

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    Posted: 02-Nov-2006 at 11:03
Naim Frasheri is considered the national poet of Albania.
 
But, after  a small research that I made, I think of him more like a balkan poet.
 
He wrote poems in four different languages, in total twenty-two major works, one in persian, two in greek, four in turkish and the rest (fifteen) in albanian. He also studied ancient greek, latin, french and italian, in the ''Zosimaia'' academy of Ioannina.
 
Frasheri took part in the albanian independency movement with his patriotic writings, he opposed both the greek ''Megali Idea'' and the panslavism, he visioned self-government of each balkan nation, in an environment of peace and understanding.
 
He wrote for children too, and translated the fables of La Fontaine. In outlook a pantheist and idealist, Naim Frasheri supported the emancipation of women and education for all, regarding class, sex or race.
 
Untill, now I've read some extracts from his poems, but I'm going to attend the lecture in a few days organised by the Municipality of Thessaloniki and the Greek-Albanian center of culture ''Pegasos''.
 
The reason that I think of him as a balkan poet, is because of his ideas and his poems. Especially, the ones that describes the landscapes of his country, for me it describes the riches and beautiness of the balkan nature. When I read his poems I can't stop imagining my own village which is established near Ioannina, or when he writes about justice, self-government and indepedence of nations, first think that comes in my mind is other balkan scholars like Korais and Rigas Ferraios.
 
 
 
 
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  Quote konstantinius Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-Nov-2006 at 18:42
Please post some of his poetry, if you find a chance.
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  Quote Giannis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06-Nov-2006 at 03:30
Just this one, that I found on the web

Herds and Pastures

Lofty mountains of Albania
dressed with old and stately wood,
Widespread fields bedecked with flowers -
which I cherish in every mood-
Chrystal waters of her rivers,
lovely banks along their course,
Forest clad in green and ridges,
vales and hills and verdant shores:
I will sing and chant
the splendor of the flocks
that pasture there,
and of my dear mother country,
e'er so pretty, e'er so fair,
That has shared with me her honor;
hat has given me my name,
Of Albanian, whom she tempered
with a sturdy heart of flame.
In exile though I be living
yet my heart is not with me,
In the bosom of Albania
it does seek eternety.
Like a lamb whose mother's bleating
lures him hither and away
From its fold,
where no entreting
will succeed to make it stay;
Or men-ten-fold
however trying to hold it back
by force or scare,
It will yet dart like a lightning
to its loving mother's care:
So my heart within me pounding
flees from me and comes to stay
in your countryside so lovely,
in your regions far away:
Where the springs are cool in summer,
where refreshing breezes blow,
Where the trees and medows bloom,
where sweet-scented flowers grow.
Where the teeming flocks are grazing,
where the shepherd blows his horn,
Where the goats are ruminating ...
there my thoughts are ev'ry morn.

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  Quote konstantinius Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06-Nov-2006 at 20:36
Thanks Giannis, very nice indeed. 
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  Quote vulkan02 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Nov-2006 at 16:14
Ohh Giannis you making me very nostalgic now Cry. The poem "Blegeri dhe Bujqesi" is one of the most famous poems if not THE most known one in Albania. The following lines I can assure you that the average Albanian knows by heart because it sounds much more patriotic in Albanian even more so than the national anthem.

"That has shared with me her honor;
hat has given me my name,
Of Albanian, whom she tempered
with a sturdy heart of flame."
The lamb extended metaphor is also almost equally famous.

In Albanian...
Ti Shqiperi me ep nder,
Me ep emrin Shqipetar
Zemren ti ma gatove,
plot me deshire dhe me zjarr!

Literal translation would be...

You Albania give me the honor
You give the name Albanian
My heart thou has boiled
Full of passion and desire.

... still it doesn't even come close in English to the true feelings it kindles in Albanian ....Can i know who is the translator for this??

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  Quote Giannis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-Nov-2006 at 02:43

The poem was translated by Ali Cungu, and that's the site that I found it

 
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