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Ivan Gundulić

Unlike Marin Držić , Ivan Gundulić came from an aristocratic family. At the beginning he was not satisfied with his creative work and so named his entire body of work "Seed of darkness". He is best known for his work Osman; a historical and romantic epic in 20 poems, which was created under the influence of Torquato Tasso and his work, Jerusalem Delivered. His verses from Dubravka 'On Freedom' are set to music and became the anthem of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. At the opening ceremony of the festival, the freedom anthem is performed during the flag-raising, set to music by the composer Jakov Gotovac.

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