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What is Krosyn?

It turns out that I should have read the introduction more carefully. Krosyn was, in fact, a small village in Belarus. From the anthology's introduction: In 1828, when a liberalminded Catholic priest ...
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What was the original rhyming scheme of "Do not shun me..."?

Yes, it's the same ABAB pattern. Original on wikisource: Не цурайся мяне, панічок, Што далонь пакрываюць мазолі; Мазоль — працавітых значок, Не заразе цябе ён ніколі.
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What is Nioman water?

Nioman is the Belarusian name for a river that rises in central Belarus and flows north-west through Lithuania and then along the Lithuania–Kaliningrad border to the Baltic. It is also known as the ...
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Why is parched grain that grows anyway a metaphor for the Belarusian people?

This probably refers to the same cultural awakening that I explored in answer to your previous question. in 1882, there was a general 'awakening' of cultural pride (and possibly there was a build up ...
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Is Belarus actually hard to farm?

Habitats and soils of Belarus It's true that the land of Belarus is "spread widely with forests and marshes" and a lot of the soil is sandy. The book Belarus and Moldova: country studies (...
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What is the significance of the 40-year period referred to in this Francisak Bahusevic poem?

I'll caveat this answer with the obvious statement that this what I concluded from searching and reading online in response to the question and not from any deeper or preexisting knowledge of the ...
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Why does Arkadź Kulašoǔ live on Moscow Street, and where is this?

I found an article in Russian by vadim_i_z: A little-known high street in the center of Minsk. Moscow Street: transport, houses and people where the author writes about this street in Minsk. He also ...
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What kind of tower was Ales Dudar referring to in "The Tower"?

What it was before we cannot know. It is said very clearly. Now it serves as a radio station. Or, rather, soon will serve: І сёння к вежы прывязалі драты ўстрывожаную даль... О, прадзеды, каб вы ...
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Why does Pimien Pancanka refer to a point in Georgia when talking about Iran and Belarus?

In Russian tradition the Caucasian range is a last frontier. Everything beyond it is a romantic cloud. Don't pay attention to geography. The two peaks mentioned in the poem in turn symbolize the ...
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What is a partisan hut?

Evidently, there was an extensive Belarusian partisan force opposing Nazi occupation (apparently involving as many as 153,700 partisans). The Wikipedia article I link to mentions that one of the major ...
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