The cultural influence of Vilna University produced the poet Mickiewicz and others.
These beautiful elegies have been justly praised by Mickiewicz; they are enough to raise Kochanowski far above the level of a merely artificial poet.
This species of poetry was afterward to be carried to great perfection by Mickiewicz and Gaszynski.
Mickiewicz is very loud in his praise, and considers him one of the best followers of Theocritus.
Mickiewicz had had a predecessor, but of far less talent, Casimir Brodzinski (1791-1835).
The second great poet of the romantic school who appeared in Poland after Mickiewicz was Julius Slowacki (1809-1849), born at Krzemieniec. In 1831 he left his native country and chose Paris as his residence, where he died.
Mickiewicz and Slowacki were both more or less mystics, but even more we may assign this characteristic to Sigismund Krasinski, who was born in 1812 at Paris, and died there in 1859.
He must be considered as, next to Mickiewicz, the greatest poet of the country.
A poet of great vigour was Stephen Garczynski (1806-1833), the friend of Mickiewicz, celebrated for his War Sonnets and his poem entitled The Deeds of Waclaw.
One of his most remarkable poems is his Jan Deborog, in which, like Mickiewicz, he has well described the scenery of his native Lithuania.