Gyula Illyes

Gyula Illyes (1902–1983) was a writer, poet, translator, dramatist and editor. His first poem was published in 1920. He continues the Petofi tradition of poetics with an extended journey into surrealism. He has published sixteen volumes of poetry, prose and drama. He was the last Poet Laureate of Hungary. He has been a founder, editor and major contributing writer to eight literary magazines. He traveled widely and has received numerous awards throughout his life, among them the Le Grand Prix International de Poesie, in 1966. In 1956, his most famous poem was published, “One Sentence About Tyranny.” He withdrew from politics and public life in 1948. He is the most valued and well-known Hungarian poet of this century.

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