Fran Galović

Jul 20, 1887 - Oct 26, 1914(27)

Fran Galović as "Croatian student"

A vague theory remains

Fran Galović is one of the most famous poets of Podravina, born in 1887 in Peteranac, not far from Koprivnica. As one of the most famous representatives of dialect poetry, Fran was born to mother Dora and father Stjepan and was the only son of the Galović family. After graduating from the Donjograd classical high school, Galović enrolled in Slavic studies at the University of Zagreb and even then joined literature under the pseudonym "Hrvatski đak" and then wrote the poem "U spomen" to express his pride at the discovery of Ante Starčević in Šestine in Zagreb. Galović was an activist of the Croatian Party of Rights, which created a thesis about the creation of Croatia through the reorganization of the Habsburg Monarchy. With the beginning of the First World War, he was mobilized in the Austro-Hungarian army on the Serbian battlefield and died in 1914 at the age of 27. However, what is interesting is the fact that no one is really sure how Fran Galović died. Although most agree that the writer died during the war, others doubt the probability that he committed suicide, since just before his death Fran Galović writes a letter to Milan Ogrizović in which he says: "My dear, I greet you once again. It's morning and we have to rush at 10 o'clock. It's sunny, Sunday and a wonderful, warm morning. One would really like to die on such a sunny day. Tell Santissima to pray for the repose of my soul, if I am no more." Common sense and premonition before the danger of war or judging oneself before it? No one will ever find out.

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