Milan Rakić
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Born18 September 1876
Belgrade, Principality of Serbia
Died30 June 1938(1938-06-30) (aged 61)
Zagreb, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Resting placeBelgrade New Cemetery
OccupationWriter, poet, diplomat

Milan Rakić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милан Ракић; 18 September 1876 – 30 June 1938) was a Serbian poet-diplomat.[1]

He focused on dodecasyllable and hendecasyllable verse, which allowed him to achieve beautiful rhythm and rhyme in his poems. He was quite a perfectionist and therefore only published two collections of poems (1903, 1912). He wrote largely about death and non-existence, keeping the tone sceptical and ironic. Two of his most well-known poems are An Honest Song (Iskrena pesma), A Desperate Song (Očajna pesma), Jefimija, Simonida and At Gazi-Mestan (Na Gazi-Mestanu). He was a member of the Serbian Royal Academy (1934).


Early life

Rakić was born on 18 September 1876 in Belgrade to father Mita and mother Ana (née Milićević). His father, educated abroad, was Serbia's Minister of Finance (1888) and his mother was the daughter of Serbian writer Milan Milićević.

He finished elementary school (grade school) and high school (gymnasium) in Belgrade. He completed law school in Paris. It was in Paris that he, like Jovan Dučić, came under the influence of French Symbolist poets. They both had learned to admire French culture and had dreamed of a better world after the war. After returning to Belgrade from Paris he became a diplomat (also like Dučić) for the Serbian (and later Yugoslav) government and remained in that job until nearly his death, representing the country abroad.[1]

Personal life

His sister Ljubica was married to Milan Grol; and his wife Milica was the daughter of Ljubomir Kovačević, a distinguished Serbian historian and politician.


He died prematurely in 1938 in Zagreb after a surgical operation. He is interred in the Belgrade New Cemetery.[2]


  • Collection of Poems, 1903
  • Collection of Poems, 1912
  • Collection of Poems, 1924


  1. ^ a b Večernje novosti (2016-02-20). "Pesnik, diplomata i oslobodilac" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  2. ^ International graves


  • Jovan Skerlić, Istorija nove srpske književnosti (Belgrade, 1914 and 1921), pp. 458–60.

External links

  • Milan Rakić at Find a Grave
  • Article on Serbian Poetry
  • Translated works by Milan Rakić
  • Works by Milan Rakić at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)