Vanessa Redgrave
Stane Sever


  Zalika Dolenc (1804-1882)  
  the daughter of an innkeeper. Prešeren began to frequent Dolenc's inn on the outskirts of Ljubljana during his student years. And when he returned to Ljubljana with a degree under his belt, he was seriously interested in Zalika. She, however, rejected him. The echo of this unrequited love can be found in his ballad Povodni mož (The Water Man). When the poem was first published, Prešeren wrote about Zalika, and only later, in the amended version to be published in the collection Poezije (Poems), did he change Zalika into Urška. The poem Dekletom (To Girls) was also written with the "proud" Zalika in mind.  
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