On October 27 this year, we will celebrate the 120th birthday of the poet Alexander Chuck. When we think of the beginning of his creative journey, one can not fail to mention Leonont Amalie Rundel. The beloved not only helped the young Chuck acquire accurate subjects, but also increased the young poet’s confidence in his abilities and creativity. Unlike Leonont, the Chuck family did not seek to support his choice of a creative path.
To celebrate the great singer of the city, the founder of modern poetry and the master of prose, the creators of the Latvian radio show “Kultūras Rondo” start the cycle “On the road to Aleksandrs Čaks”. Leonti is from the ancient, famous Rundeļi family, from Piebalga, whose father was a teacher, as well as a collector and folklore researcher, Jānis Rundelis.
Aleksandrs and Leontīne met at the 2nd Riga State High School in Pardaugava.
Andra Mendz says that Chuck’s trip to this school was very long: “Returning to Russia after seven years as a refugee, in 1922 he decided to study medicine. The problem was that Chuck graduated from the School of Humanities in Russia and had no degrees in subjects such as chemistry, physics or mathematics. There was nothing but looking for another opportunity to study at the high school here in Riga. ”
On his first visit, Alexandrs entered the Latvian Youth Union High School. Mend wrote in Tsaka’s memoirs that he was not obsessed with school. The main excuse is the fatigue of Russia’s long roads. Eventually, the young man was expelled from school.
The second approach followed – in 1923, he entered the already mentioned 2nd State High School in Riga, a course created for young people who, during the war and the refugees, could not pass all the courses.
With the help of Leontīne, he graduated from this school and entered the School of Medicine of the University of Latvia.
After that, Leontine, who did not attend the same school, could no longer help Chuck prepare for the study tests at night. Alexander’s medical studies began after the first half of the year.
Antra Medne emphasizes:
“Leontin was one of the impulses that encouraged Chuck to write his poems. 1923./1924. The year is very creative in Chuck’s biography. [..] He has written his poems in a thick notebook by hand. Later, in 1925, he presented the notebook to Leontine with an entry – to Leon for a good memory of Saska. “
In the summer of 1925, Chuck attended compulsory teacher training courses at the Department of Public High School of the Ministry of Education. After passing the teacher’s examinations, he was sent to work at the Drabeši boarding school in the Cēsis area. At first he worked as a teacher-teacher, but later as a study director.
It takes three years in Drabeš and these are important years for Alexander Chuck, because he became a poet there, Antra Medne points out:
“Far from Riga, in the deep fields, the first five collections of Chuck poems were written and arranged.
The first two collections of poems were published in 1928 and the next two in 1929. “Of course, while living in Drabeš, Chuck is inspired by Leontine. He visited Chuck from time to time, but they often communicated through letters, calling each other with different names.Alexander addresses his beloved with letters such as Lowe, Lonsit, beloved Lonsa, Lonsuka.Leontini called his little fight several times.
Medne reveals that Leontine and Chuck wanted to start a family, but the poet was not ready for that time and, as we know today, was not there for long. However, the two maintained a friendly relationship. Leontine started a family with a lawyer, Theodore Freeman. After the Latvian name of the surnames, the Freimans became the Ritums family.
In 1944, Leonti left Latvia with her family. During the Soviet era, he did not mention Chuck’s life as he left.
Antra Medne recalls that it was Leontine who inspired and supported the young Alexander in his creative ways when the family itself was against it.
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