[Poetry] Kobzar of the Ukraine by Taras Shevchenko-ag

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Post by alg1001 » March 7th, 2020, 7:42 pm

The Kobzar of the Ukraine by Taras Shevchenko (1814 - 1861). Translated by Alexander Jardine Hunter (1868 - 1940)

In these poems speaks the struggling soul of a downtrodden people. To our western folk, reared in happier surroundings there is a bitter tang about some of them, somewhat like the taste of olives, to which one must grow accustomed . The Slavonic temperament, too, is given to melancholy and seems to dwell congenially in an atmosphere misty with tears. But he gravely misreads their literature who fails to perceive the grim resolve beneath the sorrow. In the struggle of the Ukrainians for freedom the spirit of this poet, who was born a serf, remains ever their guiding star.
The translator of these poems spent considerable time in arriving at an understanding of the spirit of the poems and the nature of the situations described. Then the more formidable task was approached of trying to carry over not only the thought but something of the style, spirit and music of the original into the English tongue.
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Post by silverquill » March 7th, 2020, 8:53 pm

Very moving poems!
May I read 11,18,27,30,31 ?
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Post by alg1001 » March 7th, 2020, 8:55 pm

They are yours, Larry.
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Post by silverquill » March 7th, 2020, 9:06 pm

Um, some confusion . . . I think what I wanted was Section 18 A Dream. There are two sections with the same name, so maybe one is mislabeled.
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Post by pschempf » March 7th, 2020, 11:29 pm

Amy -

May I have sections 9, 23 and 32?
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Post by alg1001 » March 8th, 2020, 8:39 am

silverquill wrote:
March 7th, 2020, 9:06 pm
Um, some confusion . . . I think what I wanted was Section 18 A Dream. There are two sections with the same name, so maybe one is mislabeled.
Sorry about that. You have A Dream now. The other was To the Dead.

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Post by alg1001 » March 8th, 2020, 8:39 am

pschempf wrote:
March 7th, 2020, 11:29 pm
Amy -

May I have sections 9, 23 and 32?
They are yours, Fritz.
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Post by svonb002 » March 8th, 2020, 9:33 am

Hello. May I claim section 26?
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Post by alg1001 » March 8th, 2020, 11:00 am

It is yours, Stefan.
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Post by KevinS » March 8th, 2020, 12:23 pm

37, please (to get started)

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Post by alg1001 » March 8th, 2020, 6:18 pm

37 is yours.
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Post by silverquill » March 8th, 2020, 7:04 pm

alg1001 wrote:
March 8th, 2020, 8:39 am
silverquill wrote:
March 7th, 2020, 9:06 pm
Um, some confusion . . . I think what I wanted was Section 18 A Dream. There are two sections with the same name, so maybe one is mislabeled.
Sorry about that. You have A Dream now. The other was To the Dead.
But, now there are two sections for To the Dead. I believe 13 should be "Again Addressing the Circassians."

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Post by alg1001 » March 8th, 2020, 8:18 pm

Wow. This one is really giving me trouble. It is updated to Again Addressing the Circassians. Maybe I will have 2 of those, too. haha

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Post by alg1001 » March 9th, 2020, 6:31 pm

Thank you, Kevin! :)

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