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Poem Collections "I Enter Myself", 1968, and "Butterfly Attack", 1988, and Collections of Short Texts "Epiphanies", 1971 and 1974, by Poet and Writer Imants Ziedonis (1933−2013)

Imants Ziedonis was probably the most influential and widely popular Latvian poet of recent decades. His poetry exemplified a shift from the celebrations of progress that had typified Latvian poetry in the decades after its forced incorporation into the Soviet Union to a more introspective mode, preoccupied with a search for truth and personal growth. And however inward-looking his creative work often was, Ziedonis was very much a public figure, politically active and vocal on the problems facing Latvia, and was involved in many of the struggles his country faced – not least the restoration of its independence.