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Kristjan Jaak Peterson

also Christian Jacob Petersohn
Riga 1801 - Riga 1822
Estonian poet, commonly regarded as the founder of modern Estonian poetry. His literary career was cut short by the tuberculosis that killed him at the age of 21
Jaak Soans

Tartu /  Kristjan Jaak Peterson   Tartu /  Kristjan Jaak Peterson


Bronze statue.


Kas siis selle maa keel
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Taevani tõustes üles
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[Text in Estonian]

Kristjan Jaak Peterson

Kristjan Jaak Peterson (1801-1822), an Estonian poet, was born in Riga and
studied at the University of Tartu. The fact that he walked from Tartu to Riga
is generally known. He considered himself the poet of Estonian peasantry,
valued the national characteristics of literature and believed in the possibility
of creating the original Estonian national literature. Odes and pastorals form
the major part of his poetic achievement. He also translated, and wrote
articles on the Estonian language.
The work of Kristjan Jaak Peterson was not published in his life-time. His
significans emerged only in the 20th centyry when his manuscripts were
found in the archives of the Learned Estonian Society. On March 14, the
birthday of Kristjan Jaak Peterson, the day of the mother tongue is celebrated
in Estonia.
The authors of the monument are Jaak Soans and Allan Murdmaa, it was
unveiled in 1983.

Tartu - Kristjan Jaak Peterson


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