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 sleek classes are highlighted as are contributions of writers like Hronsky, Kollar, Papanek, Rufus, Safarik, Transovshy, Tatarka and Zaborsky.
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They are predominantly church songs in the sense that they fulfil a catechetical function by explaining the Immaculate Conception, the divinity of Christ, Original Sin, salvation through the Blood of Christ, and other doctrines. Tranovsky was also influenced by Elias Lani; his main theme is the great struggle with the devil, who can be overcome by a religious song. About forty songs are from the Slovak, others are translations from Latin (eight) or German (sixty), and the rest are Czech. Perhaps it is difficult to see now how this hymn-book could have served as the source for raising national consciousness, as well as being a pioneering work of Slovak music, but this only underscores the paucity of sources that could free educted Slovaks from their dependency on the culture of their political masters.
Renaissance ballads told dramatic, tragic stories connected to the many wars of the period. There were also military and robbers' ballads, and ballads of family tragedies, adultery, and even murders, reminiscent of romances. The history of the period is particularly present in the ballads about King Mathias, in the fifteenth century, and the resistance to the Turkish 23 The Renaissance (1467-1636) invasions, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. These are not grand descriptions of major battles, but portraits of family tragedies occasioned by the Turkish wars.
Lighter, more entertaining literature also appeared in the second half of the seventeenth century. Now that the Turkish nightmare and the religious persecution had ended, the time was ripe to take notice of the humorous prose that was circulating in Latin, which began to inspire imitators and original authors in Slovakia. Satirical and parodistic texts (political, religious, social), anecdotes, exempla, fables, and stories appeared in Latin (Regulae insignis et inditi ordinis Bibiani - Regulations of the glorious and famous order of drunkards) and Slovak (Receptprezenskepohlavi'— Recipe for the female sex).
A History of Slovak Literature by Peter Petro