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What happened on April 22, 1838?

After looking into this further based on some hints in the book's footnotes, it turns out that Taras Shevchenko was a serf. He was trained as a painter for awhile, but he wanted to continue his ...
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Is the drawing after "The wind converses with the grove" part of the poem?

Yes, this work appears to be by Taras Shevchenko. The Ukranian Wikipedia site helpfully has a page for List of paintings and drawings by Taras Shevchenko, which gives the title of the work as Узлісся (...
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What is "the song called Peter"?

I searched for the original Ukrainian title "Мар’яна-черниця" and found the following page: https://www.t-shevchenko.name/uk/Kobzar/1841/MarjanaChernycja.html where there are the poem and ...
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Why was a time of war described as "good"?

To understand these lines, it is useful to also look at the poem's opening. I do not have a copy of The Complete Kobzar, so I will be using the version from The Poetical Works of Taras Shevchenko: The ...
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What early copy of Kobzar was discovered in 2003?

Tribute to Shternberg is a short poem of just four lines: You’ll travel far You’ll see a lot; You’ll look around, you will be sad Remember me, my brother! that was apparently created off the cuff,...
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Is "the Kozak in a stormy meadow" part of a traditional song?

The lines that you're referring to are, in the original Ukrainian poem "До Основ'яненка" ("To Osnovianenko"): Блуджу в снігах та сам собі: "Ой не шуми, луже!" A direct ...
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What do ellipses mean in the context of this Taras Shevchenko poem?

Nothing; all it might do is tell the reader to make a slight pause between the two lines. The original 1840 punctuation was: Не вмре, не загыне: Отъ де, люды, наша слава, Слава Украины, — But within ...
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What is "the song called Peter"?

OK, first of all, here's the original text in Russian: Моя черноброва, Ты даже не вспомнишь, меня сироту. Что в серой сермяге, когда то, счастливый, Как диво увидел – твою красоту, Тогда ты безмолвно,...
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Why did this Taras Shevchenko poem feature David successfully deceiving Nathan the Prophet?

In the poem Tsars or ("Kings"), Shevchenko is taking a satirical look at royal courts in general, presenting killing, debauchery, and adultery as being typical of their behaviour, and so ...
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