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Posted by nedeia pe 15/02/2009

Longest Love Poem-world record set by the „Evening Star

IASI, Romania – The „Evening Star” („Luceafarul”) by Mihai Eminescu, a 98 stanzas long poem about the impossible love between immortal Evening Star and a beautiful mortal princess sets the world record for the Longest Love Poem.

Photo: The „Evening Star” -painting by Sabin Balasa

The Legend of the Evening Star („Luceafarul”) is a story about a young princess who prayed to the evening star each night. The evening star falls in love with her and is willing to give up his immortality, but realizes that the pure love he has for the young girl cannot be sustained in the mortal world.

The poem can be simply described (for the today’s YouTube generation…) as a combination between „Gone with the Wind” (it is a romantic drama), „Star Trek” (it contains science fiction entertainment) and „Love Story” (the poem is one of the most romantic poems and it also ends in a drama)-all together, which means it is a romantic poem but also a third millennium modern poem.
The 100+ yrs old linden tree from the „Copou Park” of Iasi where the poet Mihai Eminescu use to get his inspiration, also known as „The Lovers Tree” has become a favorite destination for true romantic lovers from around the world.

„It’s a miracle how this tree survived for so long” -says Dr. Mandache Leocov, former director of the local botanic garden.
Photo: Lovers Tree -Iasi / photo by Vlad Scanteie

Tourists from all the world-as far as Japan or Brazil- are coming here and kissing nearby the tree-which is supposed to bring good luck in love.

NASA named after „Eminescu” an impact crater from Mercury. „The crater was named in honor of Mihai Eminescu, an accomplished and influential poet who is still considered the national poet of Romania.”
Poet Mihai Eminescu was also declared ‘UNESCO-Year-2000-Poet-Of-The-Year’.

Luceafar (Evening Star) in Romanian is the name of the morning star (the planet Venus) which in Romanian folklore is associated with demons but is also linked to the Greek Titan Hyperion.

While the Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu (1850-1889) is often described as the essence of the Romanian soul, modern literary language in Romania is also much indebted to him.
His work encompassed every genre of poetry (love, philosophical, cosmological, mythological, historical, socio-satiric, etc.) as well as prose and journalism.

Mihai Eminescu is considered Europe’s last great romantic not in the least because he gave voice of such unmistakable music to the sadness of love.

„The Evening Star” – an Italian school project (I)

„The Evening Star” – an Italian school project (II)

Book: Mihai Eminescu: Selected Poems

Saturday, February 14, 2009


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  1. Laurentiu said

    La mulţi ani, Eminescu!

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