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|Born||January 15, 1850|
Botoşani, Moldavia (region of Romania)
|Died||June 15, 1889 (aged 39)|
|Occupation||Poet and journalist|
Mihai Eminescu (pronunciation in Romanian: /mi'haj e.mi'nes.ku/) (January 15, 1850 – June 15, 1889), born Mihail Eminovici, was a late Romantic poet, the best-known and most influential Romanian poet. Famous poems include Luceafărul ("Evening Star"), Odă în metru antic (Ode in ancient meter), and the five Scrisori (Epistles/Satires). Eminescu was active in the Junimea literary society, and served as editor of Timpul, the official newspaper of the Conservative Party.