Mihai Eminescu (Romanian pronunciation: [miˈhaj emiˈnesku]; born Mihail Eminovici; 15 January 1850 – 15 June 1889) was a Romantic poet, novelist and journalist, often regarded as the most famous and influential Romanian poet. Eminescu was an active member of the Junimea literary society and he worked as an editor for the newspaper Timpul ('The Time'), the official newspaper of the Conservative Party (1880–1918). His poetry was first published when he was 16 and he went to Vienna to study when he was 19. The poet's Manuscripts, containing 46 volumes and approximately 14,000 pages, were offered by Titu Maiorescu as a gift to the Romanian Academy during the meeting that was held on 25 January 1902. Notable works include Luceafărul (The Vesper/The Evening Star/The Lucifer/The Daystar), Odă în metru antic (Ode in Ancient Meter), and the five Letters (Epistles/Satires). In his poems he frequently used metaphysical, mythological and historical subjects. In general his work was influenced by the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.
130 years ago (in 1883), Romanian Mihai Eminescu published one of his greatest poems, "Luceafărul" ("The Evening Star"), now considered as a masterpiece and one of the longest love poems ever written in the world.
To celebrate the 130th anniversary of the publication of "Luceafărul", the Post of Moldova has issued on January 15th 2013, a nice set of two stamps (design : Simion Zamşa) devoted to Mihai Eminescu, in particular to representations of the poet through paintings. Read more..
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