Aleksije “Branko” Radičević 

Portrait of Aleksije "Branko" Radičević

Aleksije “Branko” Radičević was a Romantic Serbian poet. He was born on 28th March 1824 in Slavonski Brod, Croatia and died on 1st July 1853 in Vienna, Austria aged 29.

Major Works

“Djački Rastanak” (The Parting of Schoolfriends) (1843)
“Put”
 (A Journey) (1843)
“Tuga i Opomena” (Sadness and Warning) (1847)
“Bezimena” (Unnamed) (1849)
“Kad Mlidijah Umreti” (As I Thought of Dying) (1853)

Biography Timeline

Aleksije “Branko” Radičević was born on 15th March 1824 in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. He was christened Aleksije was but changed it himself to Branko which he felt was a more Serbian name. He was educated at high school in Sremski Karlovci in Serbia, an area where he would set many of his later poems. He then went on to study in Vienna, Austria.

1843: He writes his most popular work “Đački Rastanak” (The Parting of Schoolfriends) about his college life. He also writes the allegorical satire “Put” (A Journey). 

1847: His first book of poetry is published. After visiting Serbia he goes to Vienna to study medicine where he meets other Serb intellectuals including his friend Bogoboj Atanacković and Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. He is the first Serbian poet to write in the language of the common people.

1849: He writes the unfinished poem known as “Ludi Branko” (Branko the Fool), also called “Bezimena” (Unnamed), where his style changes from Byronic Romanticism more towards the work of Alexander Pushkin and realism.

1853: His second collection of poetry is published and critics generally agree they don’t live up to the early rapture of his first works. The one exception is “Kad Mlidijah Umreti” (As I Thought of Dying).

Aleksije “Branko” Radičević died of tuberculosis on 1st July 1853 in Vienna, Austria. He was buried locally but moved to Strazilovo in Serbia in 1883.