Preradović, Petar pĕ´tär prĕrä´dôvĭch [key], 1818–72, Croatian soldier, poet, and Slavophile. His early works were in German. His later lyrics, written in Croatian under Kollár's inspiration, were imbued with Slavonic symbolism. Preradović's outstanding work was an epic poem, The First Men (1862). He is considered the finest lyricist of the Illyrian literary movement.
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