Kurybos kelia pradejo kurdamas lenkiskai, bet besimokydamas Seinu kunigu seminarijoje uzsikrete lietuviskaja dvasia ir eme kurti lietuviskai. Zinomiausias jo kurinys yra romantine poema anyksciu silelis, kuria sudaro dvi dalys. Pirmojoje dalyje pasakojama apie anyksciu silo praeiti , o antrojoje- apie dabarti. Kaip ir budinga romantikams, praeitis idelizuojama, dabartimi nusiviliama.
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Early years[ edit ] Baranauskas was born to a humble peasant family of Lithuanian nobility origin. After finishing his studies there, Baranauskas initially remained in the parish. As described in his diary, between the years , he learned the Polish language and later between —, Russian as well. There he started writing his first poems in Polish. The two shared a passion for the poetry of Adam Mickiewicz. It was the first scholarly attempt to distinguish these different Lithuanian dialects.
While in the seminary, Baranauskas started writing poems in Lithuanian, and from that time essentially wrote in that language.
It is considered a classic work of Lithuanian literature. Literature critics consider it as a symbolic reference to Lithuanian history and language. Starting in , he worked at the Kaunas Priest Seminary , and began teaching the Lithuanian language. After Baranauskas went to Sejny , he gained a considerable reputation by being able to preach in both Polish and Lithuanian.
By , after he realized that the ban of printing in the Lithuanian language would not be lifted, in spite of several unofficial promises by Tsarist authorities to do so, his desire to promote the Lithuanian language slowly declined.
He never ceased to believe, that Lithuanian should be developed and expanded and until his death worked on a translation of the Bible into Lithuanian, and working 10—12 hours a day, succeeded to translate three fifths of the Old Testament. In his later years, Antanas Baranauskas, enjoyed some of the comforts of life. His beliefs were similar to the later Krajowcy group. Therefore, for the rest of his life he tried to reconcile nationalists from both - Lithuanian and Polish - sides.
For that he was rather unpopular amongst the nationalists in both sides. Only Lithuanians attended the event, and even then paint was spilt on the monument the following night. Referring to Baranauskas in a lecture, the early 20th century Lithuanian poet Maironis once said, "Without him, there might not be us".
Romantizmas (A.Baranauskas "Anykščių šilelis")