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Nothing quite as romantic as singing about your feelings for your significant other, photo: Forum

Singing a love song is among the most romantic ways of expressing your feelings for your significant other. That’s why in this Valentine Day’s special Culture.pl brings you ten quotes from a selection of classic Polish love songs that are about the Greatest Feeling on Earth.

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The head from Adam Mickiewicz's monument on Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw, 1948, photo: Karol Pecherski/APW/FORUM

When reading Polish Romantic literature, you may be bewildered at how unusual it seems, especially compared to its French, English, and American contemporaries. There may be similar themes and philosophy behind it, but something feels off, something is different from other romanticisms. Culture.pl is here to explain what makes Poland’s version of Romanticism unique.

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Lithuanian hussars, an illustration for Henryk Sienkiewicz’s The Deluge, Wacław Boratyński, photo: public domain

The Polish cavalry called the hussars or ‘winged horsemen’ were among the deadliest army units in Europe, playing a crucial role in military history. Unsurprisingly, they have been immortalised by many artists over the years. Culture.pl takes a look at some of the most intriguing examples of how the hussars influenced culture, both in Poland and abroad.

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Tadeusz Dąbrowski, photo by Elżbieta Lempp

Poet, essayist, literary critic, born in 1979.

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Young Adam Mickiewicz, photo: Wikipedia

Adam Mickiewicz, Poland's greatest bard, seems to be omnipresent – streets, schools, even brands of chocolate and vodka are named after him. But much in the way that Shakespeare continues to be controversial, Mickiewicz also seems to attract endless speculation. Through new translations of his work, Marek Kazmierski explores the legacy of this remarkable writer.

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The third wagon from Julian Tuwim's Locomotive, illustrated by Jan Lewitt & Jerzy Him, photo: scan DM

In the past 300 years, Poland has produced some of the world's most fascinating works of children's literature. Here, using new translations of verses by Jan Brzechwa, Aleksander Fredro and Julian Tuwim, Marek Kazmierski shows how they can help us reminisce on happy moments from our own childhoods and teach a new generation a whole lot.

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Part of the cover of Little Orphan Mary and the Gnomes, a children's book by Maria Konopnicka, photo: Krzysztof Chojnacki / East News

Is children's literature meant to prolong the experience of childhood, or introduce our little ones to the darker realities of being a grown-up? Covering the last 300 years of Polish poetry, Marek Kazmierski presents three new translations of poems meant for children, which – like all great works of art – speak to all ages, cultures and tastes.

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Zbigniew Herbert, photo: Danuta B. Łomaczewska / East News

Zbigniew Herbert's works include poetry, plays, essays, and feature articles. The most important, and the one which is best known all over the world, is his poetry, which from his very debut had a distinctive, recognisable tone; this was poetry which critics and readers immediately welcomed with great enthusiasm.

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Wybrane portrety Zbigniewa Herberta - poety i eseisty, autor utworów dramatycznych i słuchowisk, pisarz o wielkim dorobku, wyjątkowym autorytecie artystycznym i moralnym, o biografii tragicznie uwikłanej w historię XX wieku. Urodził się 29 października 1924 we Lwowie, zmarł 28 lipca 1998 w Warszawie.

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Wisława Szymborska,  fot. Damian Klamka / East News

Over the past few years, Szymborska's poetry has been gaining great popularity in South Korea, where the Polish Nobel Prize winner has been dubbed 'the poet of poets'.

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Portraits and family photographs of the poet Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński.

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Culture.pl explains why the greatest Polish poet is one whose poems you’re least likely to read. Is there a solution out there for lovers of world literature?

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Ewa Lipska, photo: Włodzimierz Wasyluk

Polish and Bulgarian contemporary poetry will be on display to passengers of the Sofia metro for seven weeks. This project to present famous authors from both countries was a result of cooperation between the Polish Institute in Sofia and Literaturen Westnik magazine.

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The Nobel-winning poetry of Czesław Miłosz has been immortalised by the legendary Stephen Fry. The British polymath recited a selection of Miłosz poems put together by the highly-respected Adam Zagajewski in a joint collaboration between the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute in London.

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Poets with guitars in their hands singing their own politically loaded songs in shabby flats for small crowds of their compatriots... The bards, as they are called here, are a key cultural phenomenon of 20th-century Eastern Europe.

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Wioletta Grzegorzewska, photo: Piotr Dłubak

Among the finalists for this year's edition of the international Griffin Poetry Prize is Wioletta Grzegorzewska for her volume Finite Formulae & Theories of Chance, translated into English by Marek Kazmierski.

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Adam Zagajewski joins Cambridge Polish Studies at Trinity College for an evening of his poetry. Zagajewski will read a selection of poems, followed by questions and answers panel.

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The hottest names of contemporary Polish literature, discussions, conversations on the most important issues of the identity of today's Poland, numerous domestic publishers presenting their most interesting publications – these are only some of the attractions of the Polish stand that will be available to visitors of the Book Fair in Paris on 19-23 March.

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Ryszard Krynicki, fot. Elżbieta Lempp

Ryszard Krynicki, a notable poet, a translator, a publisher and a co-creator of a5 Press became a laureate of the Zbigniew Herbert International Literature Prize – announced The Zbigniew Herbert Foundation on 9th March. The prize is presented since 2013, however it’s the first time that a Polish poet is awarded with this prestigious distinction.

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Tomasz Różycki, photo: Elżbieta Lempp

The author of Twelve stations is the first Polish poet to present his works during one of the most prestigious American university’s literary festivals.

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