Rainis (Poet) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born


Rainis was the pseudonym of Jānis Pliekšāns, a Latvian poet, playwright, translator, and politician. Rainis’ works include the classic plays Uguns un nakts and Indulis un Ārija, and a highly regarded translation of Goethe’s Faust. His works had a profound influence on the literary Latvian language, and the ethnic symbolism he employed in his major works has been central to Latvian nationalism.

Born: September 11, 1865, “Varslavāni” farm, Dunava parish, Courland Governorate, Russian empire
Died: September 12, 1929, Majori, Latvia
Occupation: Poet, Playwright, translator, politician
Spouse(s): Aspazija
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About Rainis

Latvian poet, playwright, and politician who is known for the classic plays Uguns un nakts in 1905 and Indulis un Ārija in 1911.

Before Fame

He studied law at the University of St. Petersburg and worked at the Vilnius regional courtrooms.


He was the editor-in-chief for Dienas Lapa from 1891 until 1895.

Family Life

He was born to tenant farmer Krisjanis Plieksans and mother Darta Grikovska and grew up with two sisters.


He was a Latvian poet like Elza Plieksane.

Information related to Rainis

  • Latvian Social Democratic Workers’ Party politicians
  • Latvian translators
  • 20th-century Latvian people
  • Translators of Alexander Pushkin
  • Latvian dramatists and playwrights
  • Candidates for President of Latvia
  • 19th-century Latvian people
  • Translators to Latvian
  • Latvian male writers
  • Latvian poets
  • Translators of William Shakespeare
  • Translators from German
  • Saint Petersburg State University alumni
  • 19th-century poets

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Latest information about Rainis updated on September 11, 2020.

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