Yakub Kolas in the 1921 division of Belarus poem

Якуб Колас пра падзел Беларусі 1921 года ў паэме “Новая зямля”
Yakub Kolas in the 1921 division of Belarus poem "The New Land"

Author(s): Anatoly Trafimchyk
Subject(s): Recent History (1900 till today), Belarussian Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku
Keywords: division of Belarus; poem “New Land”; evolution of poet’s national position; tragedy; nostalgia; symbolic reading;

Summary/Abstract: Yakub Kolas’ poem “New Land” includes his reactions to the events that took place in Belarus when the author lived in Kursk province (until May 1921) and then returned to his homeland (May 1921). The poet deeply experienced foreign domination in the country and its division between Bolshevik Russia and Gentry Poland. Although those dramatic events did not become a central theme in the poem “New Land”, Yakub Kolas appears not just as a local patriot, but as a citizen of the potentially sovereign state – Belarus.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 209-216
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Belarussian