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Ján Buzássy

10. 4. 1935
poetry, essay, other

Curriculum vitae

Ján Buzássy debuted with the collection of poems Hra s nožmi (Game with Knives, 1965) in which he touched on the fundamentals of human existence and the sense of human life. He continued with seeking various aspects of beauty (even the odd ones) in the volume of more transparent poetic fragments, Krása vedie kameň (Beauty Leads the Stone, 1972). The fragments are connected by the key motifs of tears and blood, body and spirit. By counterbalancing their contrasts, Buzássy evoked a classical harmony. Escaping to the world of art and folklore rather than focusing on the cultural-political reality of those days was a way to exist and survive for Buzássy in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Intellectual metaphors with sensuous perception, free verse and sonnets, wide-ranging cyclical compositions and delicate refined poetic miniatures – all these are the lasting features of Buzássy’s poetry. According to literary criticism, he is a poet of exclusive intellect and at the same a poet of delicate sensuality, fascinated by ancient cultures in which he has found an aesthetic ideal: a balance of mind and feeling, a “sensitive intelligence and an intelligent feeling.”