THE SYMBOL OF POPLAR IN TARAS SHEVCHENKO’S POETRY Cover Image

СИМВОЛ ТОПОЛІ В ПОЕЗІЇ ТАРАСА ШЕВЧЕНКА
THE SYMBOL OF POPLAR IN TARAS SHEVCHENKO’S POETRY

Author(s): Anna Horniatko-Szumiłowicz
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, 19th Century
Published by: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza

Summary/Abstract: In his early poetic output Taras Shevchenko remains under strong influence of romanticism, drawing inspiration from Ukrainian folklore. One of the most distinctive images of his poetry is a poplar symbolizing a young, beautiful girl who dies because of heartbreak, dumped by her beloved one (Катерина, 1838, Утоплена 1841). The theme of transformation of a desperate girl into a poplar is present, i.a., in such poems as Тополя, 1840, Не тополю високую, 1848, Коло гаю, в чистім полі, 1848. In Shevchenko’s works there is also the motif of a lone poplar, as well as the so-called „poplar on the horizon” being an integral element of Ukrainian steppes and countryside roads, i.a. in such narrative poems as Сон (1844), Княжна (1847).

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 211-217
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Ukrainian