Romanians celebrate their National Culture Day on January 15. Introduced in 2010, the event honours the birth of the Romanian national poet, Mihai Eminescu.
I believe that there is no Romanian who does not resonate with Eminescu’s most popular poems. I first heard about him in my earlier years, as a child, in my home country. While putting us to bed to sleep, my mother used to recite us “Drowsy birds”. This short poem is about the moment when little birds gather at their nest to hide together for the night.
My mother knew the poem by heart. She was a humble woman, living in a poor village, somewhere in the Eastern part of Romania. She was familiar with some of Eminescu’s poems as most people in her generation, who used to complete seven years of primary education in the 1940’s.
Even if it is considered an easy-to-understand poem, the
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