Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski (in Latin, Matthias Casimirus Sarbievius; Lithuanian: Motiejus Kazimieras Sarbievijus; Sarbiewo, Poland, 24 February 1595 – 2 April 1640, Warsaw, Poland), was Europe's most prominent Latin poet of the 17th century, and a renowned theoretician of poetics.
Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski was the first Polish poet to become widely celebrated abroad , and the most popular Polish author before Henryk Sienkiewicz. He became known as Horationis par ("the peer of Horace"), "the Sarmatian Horace" and "the last Latin poet."
His European fame came from his first collection of poetry, Lyricorum libri tres (Three Books of Lyrics). An expanded edition, Lyricorum libri IV (Four Books of Lyrics), was so successful in Europe that it was released in 60 editions in different countries.
Sarbiewski's poetry was extremely popular in Great Britain and was copiously translated into English. In 2008 a collected edition of English translations was published as Casimir Britannicus: English Translations, Paraphrases and Emulations of the Poetry of Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski, edited by Krzysztof Fordoński and Piotr Urbański. The collection was published again in 2010 in an expanded and corrected version.
One of the Vilnius University courtyards are named in honor of M.K. Sarbiewski
- (in Polish) Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski's biography by Mirosław Korolko in: Sarbiewski, Maciej Kazimierz (1980). Lyrica (Liryki). Warsaw: Instytut Wydawniczy "PAX". pp. VI–XIII. ISBN 83-211-0082-1.
- "Motiejus Kazimieras Sarbievijus – poetas laureatas?". ldkistorija.lt. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
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- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Mathias Casimir Sarbiewski". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
- Works by Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski at Internet Archive
- Sarbiewski's Latin poems
- International Days of Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski, SI - Academia Europea Sarbieviana
- English Translations of Sarbiewski's poetry 2008 edition
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