Vojislav Ilić

Vojislav Ilić

April 14, 1860 – January 21, 1894

Vojislav Ilić (Serbian Cyrillic: Војислав Илић) (14 April 1860, Belgrade – 21 January 1894, Belgrade) was a 19th-century Serbian poet of finely chiselled verse, son of the Romanticist playwright and poet Jovan Ilić.
Vojislav failed to complete his college education and was forced to take various clerical positions of minor importance. Living for the most part in penury, he wrote poetry extensively and soon became the leading Serbian poet in the last decades of the nineteenth century. As so many Serbian artists of that era, he died young, of consumption, in 1894.
His poetry exemplifies a classic example of modern Serbian language and features the standard Decadent motifs of the epoch: cruel nature (e.g. cold wind blowing across empty fields), and times of Elagabalus.