Poet, playwright, and novelist whose work embraced humanism and romanticism at a time when socialist realism was the norm. His literary works include Unity of a Flowing River (novel) and The Burning Bush (poems).
He studied history and philology at Vilnius University and received a degree in Lithuanian Language and Literature.
His poetry represents a romanticized version of a childhood spent in the Lithuanian countryside.
He was raised in the Prienai district of Lithuania.
He and Tomas Venclova were fellow Lithuanian poets.