Ignjat Đurđević

Ignjat Đurđević, also Ignazio Giorgi, (February, 1675 - January 21, 1737) was a Croatian baroque poet and translator, best known for his long poem "Uzdasi Mandaljene pokornice" ("Sighs of Repentant Magdalene"). Đurđević was born in Dubrovnik. His mother is of the Zlatarić family.

As a member of a rich and respectable family, he lived recklessly and often in debauchery. His love adventures cost him the position of the duke on Šipan. Because of his unrequited love towards a "diklica" (girl) from Dubrovnik and a libertine poem he wrote to her, Đurđević even had to leave the city for a while.

He was a tri-lingual poet (he wrote in Latin, Italian and Croatian) with deep feelings, unrestrained by Catholic morals. His fiery "Ljuvene pjesni" ("Love Poems") are some of the best lyric poems from Dubrovnik, with influences of Bunić's verse. "Suze Marunkove" ("Marunko's Tears"), Đurđević's poem about Marunko from the island of Mljet, who is sighing because of a beautiful "djevičina" (maid) Pavica, were obviously inspired by "Derviš", written by his namesake Stijepan Đurđević. Still, Ignjat often manages to surpass Stijepan because of his freer style.

After more than twenty years of preparations, Đurđević printed "Uzdasi Mandaljene pokornice" ("Sighs of Repentant Magdalene") in Venice in 1728, together with the cycle of "Pjesni razlike" (Various Poems). "Magdalene" is his most beautiful work, while "Poems" have exceptionally varied themes and forms. Experts in Croatian literature like Mihovil Kombol and Ivo Frangeš noticed that the themes and forms of Đurđević's "Poems" are similar to the poems of Fran Krsto Frankopan.

In 1729, his "Saltijer slovinski" ("Slavic Psalms") were printed in Venice. They contain translations or paraphrases of the psalms of King David. Their fine language and style distinguish them from many similar translations made by the poets of Dubrovnik.

ee also

* Republic of Ragusa
* List of notable Ragusans
* Dubrovnik
* Dalmatia
* History of Dalmatia

External links

* [http://www.ffzg.hr/infoz/dzs/html/Durdev1.htm Ignjat Đurđević: "Suze Marunkove" and "Uzdasi Mandalijene pokornice"]


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