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Катерина. Kateryna. Кохайтеся чорнобриві. Katerina, poem of Taras Shevchenko. Translated into English by John WeirTaras Shevchenko

"Катерина", поема / "Кохайтеся, чорнобриві"

"Kateryna", poema / "Kokhaytesya, chornobryvi"

St. Petersburg, 1838

Translated by John Weir

The last years of Taras Shevchenko's life, part of the biography written by C. H. Andrusyshen, Taras Shevchenko. Self-portrait, 1861
Taras Shevchenko,
"Self-portrait, 1861"

His final weeks, when he was almost completely bed-ridden, were occupied with plans for distributing his Bukvar and for arranging for the proceeds from its sales to be transmitted for the support of Sunday schools which were then being established in the villages for the general education of both children and adults. Even on his death bed he was still dreaming of a cottage overlooking the Dnieper, and sent instructions to Vartolomiy to forget the sites then under consideration and to try to buy him a patch of land on an elevated location near the town of Kaniv, as if he had foreseen that that would be his final resting place. In his last poem, written with a trembling hand two weeks before his death, he addressed his Muse and prepared for the long journey with her to the nether world where, on the banks of the Styx he would finally build himself a dwelling and live there with her as his wife. His earthly course almost over, there remained nothing for him but to suffer and wait for the inevitable end, which came on February 26, 1861, one day after his forty-seventh birthday. He would have been overjoyed, if he had lived a week longer, to hear the proclamation announcing the abolition of serfdom in the Russian Empire.

Taras Shevchenko's third trip to Ukraine (1859), part of the biography written by C. H. Andrusyshen, Taras Shevchenko. Over Rossi. Paper, pencil. VII 1859. Taras Shevchenko National Museum.  Shevchenko. Avtoportret. 1859. Oil on canvas
Taras Shevchenko,
"Self-portrait, 1859"


In June 1859, he again found himself on Ukrainian soil, visiting the villages where he was born and brought up and spending leisurely days at the homes and estates of his friends scattered about the province of Kiev. Particularly tender was his meeting with his sister Yarina in the village of Kirilivka and with his sister-in-law’s brother, Vartolomiy, a steward on the estate of a Ukrainian landlord in the vicinity of Korsun.

 

International Museum Day. International Museum Day - 2017. Museums as tools for creating peaceful communities. Museum Day 2017 at Taras Shevchenko National Museum. This year events will take place on Saturday 20 MayThe worldwide community of museums celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18 May 2017 around the theme Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums. Taras Shevchenko National Museum decided to show "Silenced" side of the museum - not its collection or exhibition, but secret rooms which reveal the secrets of museum work from the "inside".

World's largest Kobzar poetry book by Taras Shevchenko Ambassadors of foreign countries presented outstanding literary works, which are as important for their countries as Shevchenko's "Zapovit" for Ukraine. The world's largest edition of the "Kobzar" poetry collection was presented at the event. A two-meter-high book contains several poems.

US diplomats declaim Taras Shevchenko poems.On the occasion of the great Ukrainian poet and artist's birthday, workers of the United States embassy in Kyiv have recorded a video where they quote famous excerpts from Shevchenko poems.
The diplomats declaim poems against the background of well-known American sights that have to do with Shevchenko and Ukraine.

UCU recites Taras Shevchenko’s poems On the 10th of March, on the occasion of the 201st anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birthday and of the 154th anniversary of his death dean of the faculty of humanities initiated the recitation of the poems written by Shevchenko. The recitation took place in The Ukrainian Catholic University Academic building. Everyone, who was willing to come could bring his own “Kobzar” and read his favorite poem. Not only students responded to the call to come and read the poems, but also professors and university administration joined the occasion.

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