to Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861)
Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko was the
foremost Ukrainian poet of the 19th century and a major
figure of the Ukrainian national revival.
As in so many towns and cities of Ukraine, his statue
dominates a small park in Tovste, on Ukrainska Str.,
near the Greek Catholic church.
||Born into serfdom in Morintsy, Ukraine,
Shevchenko was freed in 1838 while a student at the St.
Petersburg Academy of Art. His collection of poetry, beginning
in the early 1840s, ranged from nostalgic reflections
on Cossack life to a more sombre portrayal of Ukrainian
history. Shevchenko was punished by exile and compulsory
military service for writing a number of poems that satirized
the oppression of Ukraine by Russia and prophesied a revolution.
He had a revival of creativity after his release in 1857;
and his later poetry treated historical and moral issues,
both Ukrainian and universal.
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2003
Pawlyk, J. pers. comm.