Death of national poet Eminescu remembered in Bucharest


A series of events dedicated tocommemorating Romania’snational poet Mihai Eminescu(1850-1889) including a religiousmemorial service, laying ofwreaths and flowers, shows andreverential conferences tookplace on Sunday in Bucharest,Agerpres informs. Yesterday, onthe date of the national poet’sdeath (June 15), the CulturalLeague for the Unity ofRomanians Everywhere, in partnershipwith the Alistar andDignitas foundations, organizedseveral events bringing homageto the poet, included a religiousmemorial service at the grave ofthe poet in Bellu Cemetery, layingof wreaths and flowers at themonument that stands in frontof the Romanian Athenaeum, inthe accompaniment rendered bythe Military Fanfare.Furthermore, the album titled’Eminescu – 125 years of immortality’,edited by Victor Craciunand Cristiana Craciun, was presentedduring an event duringwhich it was awarded the JubileeMedal. In the same commemorativetone, also on Sunday, yet in theRotunda of the NationalRomanian Literature Museum, literaryhistorian Nicolae Georgescuconducted the conference titled’Novelties in the first edition ofEminescu’. Moreover, a solemnsession dedicated to commemoratingnational poet Mihai Eminescutook place in the Auditorium ofthe Romanian Academy.The event titled ‘125 yearsafter Mihai Eminescu’, organizedby the Romanian Academy andthe National Foundation forScience and Arts, were invited:Ionel-Valentin Vlad, chairman ofthe Romanian Academy; MirceaDumitru, rector of theUniversity of Bucharest; DanBerindei, honorary chairman ofthe Historical Sciences andArcheology Department of theRomanian Academy; Ioan-AurelPop, rector of Babes-BolyaiUniversity of Cluj-Napoca andmember of the RomanianAcademy; Vasile Isan, rector ofthe Alexandru Ioan CuzaUniversity of Iasi; Mihai Cimpoi,member of the Romanian academy;Gabriel Marilen Pirtea, rectorof the West University ofTimisoara; and Eugen Simion,chairman of the Philology andLiterature Department of theRomanian academy and chairmanof the National Foundationfor Science and Arts.Last week, a commemorationevent, marking 125 years sincethe death of Romanian poetMihai Eminescu was organised bythe Romanian Cultural Institute(ICR) in Vienna, in front of theRomanian Orthodox Parish(Simmeringer Hauptstrasse 161),where there is a monument dedicatedto the great Romanian poet.Mihai Eminescu, born MihailEminovici (15 January 1850 – 15June 1889), was a Romanticpoet, novelist and journalist,often regarded as the mostfamous and influential Romanianpoet. Eminescu was an activemember of the Junimea literarysociety and he worked as an editorfor the newspaper Timpul(“The Time”), the official newspaperof the Conservative Party(1880–1918). His poetry wasfirst published when he was 16and he went to Vienna to studywhen he was 19. The poet’sManuscripts, containing 46 volumesand approximately 14,000pages, were offered by Titu Maiorescuas a gift to the RomanianAcademy during the meeting thatwas held on 25 January 1902.Notable works include ‘Luceaf_rul’ (The Vesper/The EveningStar/The Lucifer/The Daystar),‘Oda în metru antic’ (Odein Ancient Meter), and the five‘Letters’ (Epistles/Satires). In hispoems he frequently used metaphysical,mythological and historicalsubjects.