Blaže Koneski Biography

Blaze Koneski was a famous Macedonian poet, writer, literary translator, and linguistic scholar. This biography of Blaze Koneski provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline

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Birthday: December 19, 1921

Nationality: Macedonian

Famous: Poets Male Poets

Died At Age: 71

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Also Known As: Blaze Koneski

Famous as: Poet

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Died on: December 7, 1993

place of death: Skopje

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education: University of Belgrade

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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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  • 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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