GOOGLE has released its latest Doodle celebrating the most famous work of the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz.

Mickiewicz, whose work includes ballads and romances, wrote with a deep connection to his political beliefs and today his most famous poem honoured for users across the UK, Iceland, Poland, Belarus and Lithuania.

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Today’s Google Doodle

Who was Adam Mickiewicz?

Aleksandr Pushkin was born in 1799 in Moscow, Russia, and died aged 38 in St Petersburg. 

He has often been considered his country’s greatest poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.

But he is also regarded as holding a central position in Polish literature and much loved in Lithuania and Belarus.

A statement says: “Mickiewicz writes with great feeling, expressing his love and longing for all aspects of Polish life from the landscape to the food , to even the wildlife.

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What does his Doodle show?

Google depicted the poem, titled Pan Tadeusz as a “12-part saga”.

It is the 185th anniversary of the great work.

It ”captures the spirit of Poland at a time when much of its territory was partitioned between Russia, Prussia, and Austria”.

The poem is taught in many Polish schools and is “often considered one of the last great epic poems in European literature”.

What is a Google Doodle?

In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google as a message that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, Google Doodles were born.

The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.

In that same year, a turkey was added to Thanksgiving and two pumpkins appeared as the ‘o’s for Halloween the following year.

Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.

Google kicked off 2019 with an animated Doodle of New Year’s Eve celebrations.

On February 5, 2019, the Chinese New Year was celebrated with a hand animation transforming into a pig.

St Patrick’s Day on March 17 was remembered with a Celtic Google Doodle.

And on March 21, Google Doodle used AI for the first time in a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Doodle allowed users to create their own tune.


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