By Peter Petro
A survey of the heritage of Slovak literature from the center a while to the current. The medieval, Renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, realist and glossy sessions are highlighted as are contributions of writers like Hronsky, Kollar, Papanek, Rufus, Safarik, Transovshy, Tatarka and Zaborsky.
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Nodozersky's point of view in the above quotation unambiguously shows that he saw himself as a Slovak author, mindful of the fact that he was writing in Czech. He encouraged Slovaks to cultivate their own language, suggesting that it was preferable to use Czech, rather than Latin, for communication. DRAMA The polarization of religious life during the Renaissance led to a similar polarization in educational institutions. Protestant schools, following foreign models, organized performances of Latin school plays, which diminished the role of mysteries and Passion-plays.
Some plays were written in Latin by Andrej Rochotsky (Gedeon, 1603), but there were also plays in Czech by the Slovak playwrights Pavel Kyrmezer and Juraj Tesak-Mosovsky. Kyrmezer (d. 1589) is the most significant dramatic author in Slovak and Czech of this period. He wrote three plays: Komedia ceskd o bohatti a lazarovi (Czech comedy about Lazarus and the rich man, 1566), Komedia nova o vdove (New comedy about the widow, 1573), and Komedia o Tobidsovi (A comedy about Tobias, 1581). Of these, Komedia nova o vdove is the best.
The uniqueness of Gavlovic's work may derive from the contrast between his solid education (the Bible, the Church Fathers, and the classics - Seneca, Aristotle, Ovid, Plautus, Pliny, Thomas a Kempis, Erasmus) and the natural wisdom he found at the salash. Here is one representative example of this unusual mixture: when Cain kills his brother, Abel, Gavlovic writes, "Vycedil krev zlostni sedldk z valacha prvniho" (An angry peasant spilled the blood of the first shepherd). Although the rough dialectal Slovak is lost in the translation, even in English one can see the comical contrast between the elevated style of the Bible and the rough peasant-like style.