Antoni Malczewski 3 June — 2 May was a Polish romantic poet, known for his only work, "a narrative poem of dire pessimism ", Maria Malczewski was born to a wealthy family in either Volhynia or Warsaw , and attended school in Krzemieniec modern-day Kremenets, Ukraine , but did not graduate. After leaving the army, he spent several years traveling through western Europe, staying some time in Paris , climbing Mont Blanc in , and spending a good portion of his inherited fortune. Malczewski's fame rests almost solely upon that of Maria , published near the end of his life and popularized in the decade following his death an English translation appeared in Considered a masterpiece of Polish Romanticism , it tells the tale of a young noble woman who marries above her station, and so incurs the wrath of her husband's family, who plot revenge. It is generally held to be most influenced by Lord Byron , whom Malczewski had met in Venice during his travels around western Europe, though it is considerably more gloomy and Gothic than Byron's work.
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His single, superb poem gave him a lasting reputation in Polish literature. When in the major part of the duchy became the kingdom of Poland with the Russian czar as its king, Malczewski was demobilized. He traveled in western Europe but eventually settled in in Ukraine formerly Volhynia , where he became entangled in an unhappy emotional affair with a beautiful woman who suffered from a nervous illness. Compelled by social pressure, Malczewski left Ukraine.
She followed him, and they settled in Warsaw. In he published a long poem, Maria Marya: A Tale of the Ukraine , which constitutes his only contribution to Polish poetry but occupies a permanent place there as a widely imitated example of the so-called Polish-Ukrainian poetic school. All he finds is a cold corpse.
The poem makes use of diversified rhythms and carefully chosen rhymes; and its Byronic hero, as well as its picture of Ukraine as a land of sombre charm, assured Malczewski both popularity and critical applause.
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