Endre Ady (1877-1919) was born in Hungary of the old Hapsburg Monarchy and died during its collapse in the wake of WW I. Disrupting his higher education in law he became a journalist and a poet. His third volume of poem (“New Poems”, 1906) revolutionized Hungarian poetry, both in style and content; he advocated progress and castigated jingoistic nationalism. He was critical of WW I from the beginning; the last poetry volume in his life was “Leading the Dead” (1918). While his symbolist style was unique to his own works, it did open the way to experimentation in Hungarian poetry.
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