Endre Ady Biography
(Turn-of-the-century Hungarian poet)
Birthday: November 22, 1877 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Ady Endre, Romania
Endre Ady was a Hungarian poet and journalist famous for his revolutionary pieces of writing in the fields of eroticism, politics, and religion. Best known for his poems on sensual love, he was equally celebrated for his religious writings characterized by biblical styles and imagery. Outspoken and radical in his thoughts, he never shied away from violating the set norms of the society, be it in his writings or his personal life. Born into a noble but poor family, he had a humble upbringing which sensitized him to the plights of the common man. Initially he had planned to become a lawyer though by the time he was about to complete his legal studies he had realized his true calling and decided to become a journalist instead. He had already started writing poetry during college and his career in journalism opened up wider horizons for him as a professional writer. As a young man he fell in love with a married woman who became his muse, and this marked the beginning of a period of heightened creativity for him. Eventually his poems began attracting attention and his style matured and evolved over the years making him a much revered poet of his time. He was also a hard-core alcoholic and this eventually led to his untimely death at the age of 41.