50 years since the death of the well-known Montenegrin and Yugoslav poet Mirko Banjević was marked last night at the National Library of Montenegro “Đurđe Crnojević” in Cetinje.
Speaking about the Banjević’s life and work and about the poets of his generation, MA Nela Savković emphasized their importance in Montenegrin art and tradition.
“With their creative work, in the period when the traces of Montenegrin existence were disappearing, being erased, forged, they used the power of Montenegrin language and poetry to show that Montenegrin being is alive, they fought for the national pride and their poetry, along with all its other significance and engagement attached to it, together with other detailed analyzes, speaks of the continuity of Montenegrin culture”, Savković said.
She added that such manifestations are an opportunity for all of us to consider how much we know about this heritage, as well as how much respect we cherish for the people who created our cultural heritage and of course self-esteem, self-awareness, which we build on the legacy of such generations.
The poet published his first book “Pobune uma” in 1930, and then books: “Šuma”, “Ognjena jutra”, “Njegošev spomenik”, “Zemlja na kamenu”, “Zvjezdani voz”, “Bezdani”, “Sutjeska”, “Do iskapi”, “Roždanici” and “Strašno pleme”.
Banjević is a writer about whom much has been written and his poetry, as Savković points out, aroused the interest of various critics and analysts. An example she mentioned the critic Konstantinović who wrote about the power of his language.
Within this event, there was a projection of a documentary about Banjević, created by Ms. Savković.
Mirko Banjević was born in Pješivci in 1905. After graduating from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, he worked as a journalist and editor of the newspaper “Pobjeda” and a magazine for literature and culture “Stvaranje” in Podgorica.
There is a literary community “Mirko Banjević” in Nikšić, founded in 1979, first as a Literary Club, which after a few years of existence and work will become a literary community, which now, after thirty-nine years of its work, gives value of immense importance to the culture of Nikšić and Montenegro. The “Mirko Banjević” Award was also established in 2008.
He died in Belgrade, in 1968.