Latvian literature - Edvarts Virza
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The poet Edvarts Virza (real name Jekabs Eduards Liekna) was born on December 27th, 1883 in Emburg, later called the township of Salgala, in a landowner's family, whose home was named Raceni. In 1901 he graduated from the Bauska City School and from 1904-1905 attended lectures on legislation and the economy. After that he lived in his family home. He learned French and translated the works of French authors.

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The poem "Straumeni" (1933) is the best and most popular work of Edvarts Virza. It describes the worldview of the Latvian peasant as well as the daily rhythm of live in a country farm. The poem has often been called "the hymn to latvian nature and labor".

Virza died in 1942.

Note of Jan de Crom:
This time not the portait of the writer on the stamps, but a picture of what he has described. With a log hive in front of the farm. And that's much better than most of the stamps with a bee related writer.

by Jan de Crom  
taken from "The Postal Bee" 3/2004 
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