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Questions about 'Like Water, Like Fire', an anthology of Belarusian poetry in English translation published in 1971. Use with the tag [belarusian-literature].

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Who was Captain Hastel?

The Eagle Well-Spring by Alaksiej Zarycki was dedicated "to the memory of Captain Hastel." It includes the lines ... For the eagle's grave came not seeking! That's where Hastel's heart ...
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Why did Alaksiej Zarycki dedicate "The Heart" to Pimien Pancanka?

The Heart by Alaksiej Zarycki starts off by saying: A miser I, The greatest of misers All that I can find in My heart I am hiding. Dreams from youth rising, Battle's loud thunder, Fortune'd bright ...
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Why does Pimien Pancanka refer to a point in Georgia when talking about Iran and Belarus?

A poem by Pimien Pancanka in Like Water, like Fire is simply titled * * *, and it was labeled "Iran, 1944" at the end. It includes the following lines: The cranes fly beyond Kazbek and El'...
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What is a partisan hut?

My Hut by Anatol Astrejka ends with the following lines: When no trace of war will meet you, To deep forest glades once more I'll return, again to greet it, My partisan hut of yore. Earlier, the ...
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Does "Native Bread" refer to the Passover Story?

Native Bread by Piatro Hlebka starts as follows: The fire burns. Round the trench is massing For home yearn our countrymen, And the partisan young lasses Bake and dry flat loaves again. May that ...
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Why does Arkadź Kulašoǔ live on Moscow Street, and where is this?

Arkadź Kulašoǔ has a poem entitled "Moscow Street," which starts with the line "I live on Moscow Street, I have my home there". Where is Moscow Street? Is this actually in Moscow? ...
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Why did Valancin Taulaj refer to himself as a jailed Communist in this poem?

In his poem Last Words, Valancin Taulaj wrote: I am a Communist! there are many like me In this our land that from the dawn of time has growned, Never shall magnates crush us, though they strike us, ...
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What kind of tower was Ales Dudar referring to in "The Tower"?

The Tower by Ales Dudar contains the following: The tower sleeps? What is it dreaming? It rises, gloomy, like a ghost. A prison here? A belly seeming? Who is there that can guess its past? ... And ...
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What is Nioman water?

Jakub Kolas's poem Evenings (from The New Land) contains the following lines: I see level lands, far over Nioman water, and their clothing What is Nioman water?
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Why does the poem "I Love" seem to imply that Belarus is fertile?

Follow-up to: Is Belarus actually hard to farm? The poem I love by Kanstancyja Bujla contains the following lines: I love our Byelorussian nation, Cottages where green orchards throng, The ...
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Why is parched grain that grows anyway a metaphor for the Belarusian people?

Like Water, Like Fire contains the following poem: Where the Egyptian sands spread far around, Close where the waves of azure Nile are flowing, A tomb stood many thousands of years: men going Within, ...
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Why the different spellings of Belarus?

In several poems in Like Water, like Fire, Belarus is spelled "Byelorussia", and in some it's spelled "Biełaruś". Why is that?
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Is Belarus actually hard to farm?

To Our Native Land by Janka Lučyna starts as follows: Thou art spread widely with forests and marshes, With sand-dune expanses that grant but poor living It then goes on to talk about how bad the ...
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What was the original rhyming scheme of "Do not shun me..."?

The poem Do Not Shun Me... starts as follows: Do not shun me, my lord, nor recoil Because callouses all my hands cover; For such sis the badget of a hard toil, And will not defile you, no never. 'Tis ...
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What is the significance of the 40-year period referred to in this Francisak Bahusevic poem?

The poem My Pipe by Francisak Bahusevic contains the following lines: Like fish from the river, On the ice a-flapping, Just so I, it happened, Forty years flapped, yearning, Yet knew no returning, ...
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What is Krosyn?

"Play then, play" by Pauluk or Paŭli︠u︡k Bahrym (in the poetry anthology Like Water, like Fire) contains the following lines: ... But the bagpipes I must play, for I in Krosyn cannot stay ...
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