Adam Michna z Otradovic and His ‘Christmas Eve’

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The Czech devotional verse ‘Vánoční noc’ (‘Christmas Eve’) by Adam Michna z Otradovic, first published in his Česká mariánská muzika (Prague, 1647), and one of the best-known poems by its author, is offered in partial English translation. As a poem it is poesia per musica, intended for musical setting; a close reading of details of the poem in its musical context yields unexpected layers of meaning, and suggests that it may serve as a model for improving modern interpretations of Czech Baroque poetry more broadly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-11
Number of pages7
JournalSlavic Literatures
Early online date29 Feb 2024
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2024

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