The history and other aspects of Czechoslovakia were the most common
subjects of his poetry. In Zhasnete svetla (1938; "Switch Off the
Lights") he wrote about the Munich agreement by which part of Czechoslovakia
was annexed to Germany. Prague was the subject of Svetlena odena (1940;
"Clothed in Light"), and the Prague uprising of 1945 provided
the focus of Prilba hliny (1945; "The Helmet of Clay"). In
addition to writing about 30 volumes of poetry, Seifert contributed
to several journals and wrote children's literature. In 1966 he was
named Poet of the Nation, and he was one of several writers, later silenced,
who condemned the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. His memoirs
were published in 1981.
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