Taras Shevchenko, one of the most famous Ukrainian poet & writer

Dear friends,

today I want to tell you about an outstanding person who played a huge role in the development of Ukrainian culture. Taras Shevchenko born March, 9, 1814 was a famous Ukrainian poet and writer. Shevchenko’s early life was about as rough as rough can get. Having the unfortunate luck of being born into serfdom, then becoming a orphan at 11. Taras was almost destined for a life of slavery.

Taras Shevchenko

Taras Shevchenko

Until a amazing twist of fate happened, his lord noticed his extraordinary talent as a artist. So Shevchenko was apprenticed and eventually a group of writers bought his freedom. Soon after he would begin to build a legacy as one of the most famous Ukrainian artists and poets.

Taras Shevchenko was a man of national pride and his works reflected that. Taras work is given credit for promoting the growth of Ukrainian national pride. He is also considered a pioneer in the art of etching and even the modern day Ukrainian written language. Many of his poetry was influenced by Romanticism and encompassed various ideas. The work of Taras Shevchenko is still a major influence in the Ukraine and former soviet union.

In his home land of the Ukraine, he is widely considered to be the greatest Ukrainian national hero of all time. This is due in big part to the strong nationalism his work emphasized. Even the Soviets recognized the Influence of his work. The Soviets promoted him as a man who stood up for the impoverished and in opposition to the Russian Empires government (the government the soviets overthrew), although they censored the part about Ukrainian national pride. The fact that the Soviets exploited his work for propaganda purposes is evidence of how great a influence he was.

Nearly 200 hundred years after his death his legacy still lives on. His work continues to be a major influence and marvel of Ukrainian national pride. There have been hundreds of monuments and memorials erected in his memory. Several Russian and Ukranian towns have been named in his memory. He has appeared on several different forms of Eastern European currency. Taras Shevchenko is simply one of the most influential people, the world has ever seen and not to forget a true Ukrainian hero.

taras shevchnko poetry

For you, I found a couple of poems by Taras Shevchenko in English. I hope you enjoy the poems! :)

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Video: Taras Shevchenko’s Song “Dumy moi” (My Thoughts):


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4 Responses

  1. Eric R. says:

    Very good poems! Very beautiful, thank you for sharing with us.

  2. Eric says:

    Dear Krystyna,

    It is difficult for me as a foreigner to understand how important Taras is, but I just found that the Taras Shevchenko University in Kiev is named after him

    http://ua-traveling.com/en/article/taras-shevchenko-university-in-kiev

    This also reminds me one great football player, Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko :)

    Regards,
    Eric

    • Taras says:

      Taras Shevchenko was the Ukrainian equivalent of Patrick Henry during the Revolutionary War period here in America. We know about Henry’s fiery rhetoric, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Shevshenko railed against not only against Tsarist oppression against his people, he fought for justice and freedom for ALL Slavs.

      That is why his legacy is stronger today than ever before, and why even the Soviets acknowleged him.

    • Taras says:

      Think of him as the Ukrainian Patrick Henry. Just as Henry was a fiery advocate for liberty and freedom, so was Shevchenko.

      Taras Shevchenko railed against serfdom and oppression, not only for fellow Ukrainians, but ALL Slavs.

      He was a revolutionary like Henry, but he did it the smart way, with a pen, or a paint brush rather than bullets and bombs. H

      e never gave up despite the adversity that marked his life from start to finish, that is why he is considered the hero he is today almost 200 years after his birth.

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