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Blaze Koneski was a famous Macedonian poet, writer, literary translator, and linguistic scholar

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BirthdayDecember 19, 1921
Died onDecember 7, 1993
NationalityMacedonian
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Known asBlaze Koneski
Universities
  • University of Belgrade
GenderMale
Sun SignSagittarius
Famous asPoet
Died at Age71

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Who is Blaže Koneski?

Blaze Koneski was a famous Macedonian poet, writer, literary translator, and linguistic scholar. He was the author of the fundamental works of the Macedonian language and defined its grammar, dictionary, as well as history. He was a keen learner since childhood and developed a special interest in literature from an early age. After studying medicine for a brief period, he realized that he wanted to become a literary artist and changed his major to Serbian language and literature. He wrote poetry and prose, and also became a distinguished translator of German, Russian, Slovenian, Serbian as well as Polish poetry. After the liberation of Macedonia, he rose to become one of the most prominent figures of the Macedonistics. He served as a university professor and institutionally organized comprehensive study of the Macedonian language, its history and its dialects and principles of standardization. He took part in many activities in the area of education and culture, as well as in the founding of the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje. He served as the first president of the ‘Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts’ and was also a member of several foreign academies. He is most remembered as a prominent member of the committee for standardization of the Macedonian literary language and its most outstanding representative

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born on December 19, 1921, in Nebregovo, near Prilep, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, in a distinguished family with pro-Serbian sentiments.

When he was six years old, he joined his first primary school. After finishing the first grade, he moved to Prilep, where he completed his primary education till the eighth grade.

When the General Secondary School in Prilep was shut down, he commenced his studies at the Secondary school in Kragujevac and graduated in 1939. He developed a keen interest in literature and became the editor of the school magazine.

After much persuasion from family and friends, he joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Belgrade. But, after a semester at the faculty, he realized that he was not at all interested in studying medicine.

In the summer semester of 1940, he got himself transferred to the Faculty of Philosophy, choosing a rare combination of subjects--Yugoslav Literature with Russian Literature and Russian Language.

The beginning of World War II on the territory of Yugoslavia prevented him from studying further in Belgrade and forced him to continue studies in Bulgaria. In 1941, he got enrolled at the Law Faculty of Sofia University, but did not complete his graduation.

Career

He started his career by working as a lector in the Macedonian National Theater

In 1946, he joined the faculty at the Philosophy Department of the ‘Saints Cyril and Methodius University’ of Skopje. He worked at the university until his retirement.

He was one of the founders of the Writers’ Association of Macedonia (1947), the Institute for Macedonian Language (1953), and the Association (Union) for Macedonian Language and Literature (1954).

He was a Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy (Philology) in Skopje, and Chancellor of the Saints Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (1958–1960). He also served as a member of the Academies of Science and Arts of Croatia (1962), Serbia (1963), Slovenia (1963), Boznia and Herzegovina (1969), as well as of Austria and Poland.

He became a member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1967, and was also elected its president in the same year; he served in this capacity until 1975.

He authored many important academic works including ‘Normative Guide with a Dictionary of Standard Macedonian with Krum Tošev’ (1950), ‘Grammar of Standard Macedonian’ (1952), ‘Standard Macedonian’ (1959), ‘Macedonian Dictionary’ (1961), ‘A History of Macedonian’ (1965), ‘The Language of the Macedonian Folk Poetry’ (1971), ‘Speeches and Essays’ (1972), ‘Macedonian Textbooks of 19th century: Linguistic, Literary and Historic Texts’ (1986), ‘Images and Themes’ (1987), and ‘Macedonian Locations and Topics’ (1991).

Some of his poetic collections are ‘Land and Love’ (1948), ‘Poems’ (1953), ‘The Embroideress’ (1955), ‘Sterna’ (1966), ‘Hand-shaking’ (1969), ‘Poems Old and New’ (1979), ‘The Fountains’ (1984), ‘The Epistle’ (1987), ‘Meeting in Heaven’ (1988),‘A Diary after Many Years’ (1988), ‘Church’ (1988), ‘Golden Peak’ (1989), ‘Seismograph’ (1989),‘The Heavenly River’ (1991), ‘The Black Ram’ (1993).

Some of his translated works are ‘The Mountan Laurel’ by Njegosh (1947), ‘Lyrical Intermezzo’ by H. Heine (1952), ‘Othello’ by Shakespeare (1953), ‘Savica’s Baptization’ by F. Preshern (1980), as well as poems by Aleskandar Blok, Adam Mickiewicz, Vladimir Mayakovski, and Desanka Maksimovic.

Major Works

He is most remembered for his work on codifying the Macedonian standard language. Some of his related authored works are ‘Standard Macedonian’, ‘Grammar of Standard Macedonian’, ‘History of Macedonian’, and ‘Macedonian Dictionary’ (Three volumes).

Awards & Achievements

He received several literary prizes including the ‘AVNOJ prize’, ‘the Njegoš prize’, ‘the Award of the Writer’s Union of the USSR’ and ‘the Herder Prize’.

Personal Life & Legacy

He died on December 7, 1993, at the age of 61, in Skopje. He received a state funeral for his illustrious literary career and for his contribution to the codification of standard Macedonian language.

To honor Blaze Koneski, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje has named the Faculty of Philology after him

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Blaže Koneski biography timelines

  • // 19th Dec 1921
    He was born on December 19, 1921, in Nebregovo, near Prilep, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, in a distinguished family with pro-Serbian sentiments.
  • // 1939
    When the General Secondary School in Prilep was shut down, he commenced his studies at the Secondary school in Kragujevac and graduated in 1939. He developed a keen interest in literature and became the editor of the school magazine.
  • // 1940
    In the summer semester of 1940, he got himself transferred to the Faculty of Philosophy, choosing a rare combination of subjects
  • // Yugoslav Literature with Russian Literature and Russian Language.
  • // 1941
    The beginning of World War II on the territory of Yugoslavia prevented him from studying further in Belgrade and forced him to continue studies in Bulgaria. In 1941, he got enrolled at the Law Faculty of Sofia University, but did not complete his graduation.
  • // 1946
    In 1946, he joined the faculty at the Philosophy Department of the ‘Saints Cyril and Methodius University’ of Skopje. He worked at the university until his retirement.
  • // 1947 To 1954
    He was one of the founders of the Writers’ Association of Macedonia (1947), the Institute for Macedonian Language (1953), and the Association (Union) for Macedonian Language and Literature (1954).
  • // 1947 To 1953
    Some of his translated works are ‘The Mountan Laurel’ by Njegosh (1947), ‘Lyrical Intermezzo’ by H. Heine (1952), ‘Othello’ by Shakespeare (1953), ‘Savica’s Baptization’ by F. Preshern (1980), as well as poems by Aleskandar Blok, Adam Mickiewicz, Vladimir Mayakovski, and Desanka Maksimovic.
  • // 1948 To 1988
    Some of his poetic collections are ‘Land and Love’ (1948), ‘Poems’ (1953), ‘The Embroideress’ (1955), ‘Sterna’ (1966), ‘Hand-shaking’ (1969), ‘Poems Old and New’ (1979), ‘The Fountains’ (1984), ‘The Epistle’ (1987), ‘Meeting in Heaven’ (1988),‘A Diary after Many Years’ (1988), ‘Church’ (1988), ‘Golden Peak’ (1989), ‘Seismograph’ (1989),‘The Heavenly River’ (1991), ‘The Black Ram’ (1993).
  • // 1950 To 1965
    He authored many important academic works including ‘Normative Guide with a Dictionary of Standard Macedonian with Krum Tošev’ (1950), ‘Grammar of Standard Macedonian’ (1952), ‘Standard Macedonian’ (1959), ‘Macedonian Dictionary’ (1961), ‘A History of Macedonian’ (1965), ‘The Language of the Macedonian Folk Poetry’ (1971), ‘Speeches and Essays’ (1972), ‘Macedonian Textbooks of 19th century: Linguistic, Literary and Historic Texts’ (1986), ‘Images and Themes’ (1987), and ‘Macedonian Locations and Topics’ (1991).
  • // 1960 To 1963
    He was a Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy (Philology) in Skopje, and Chancellor of the Saints Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (1958–1960). He also served as a member of the Academies of Science and Arts of Croatia (1962), Serbia (1963), Slovenia (1963), Boznia and Herzegovina (1969), as well as of Austria and Poland.
  • // 1967 To 1975
    He became a member of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1967, and was also elected its president in the same year; he served in this capacity until 1975.
  • // 7th Dec 1993
    He died on December 7, 1993, at the age of 61, in Skopje. He received a state funeral for his illustrious literary career and for his contribution to the codification of standard Macedonian language.

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