Neo-Romantic Heroism in Lesya Ukrainka’s Poems

Rostyslav Radyshevskyi, PhD, DSc, ProfTit
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine)
ORCID: 0000-0002-5279-8232

Volume 3/2016

Publication type: research article

DOI: 10.32612/uw.23535644.2016.pp.69-79

Pages: 69-79

Publication language: Ukrainian


The present article analyses the lyric and epic poetry of Lesya Ukrainka. Emphasis is put on the fact that all the works of the poet reveal her epic talent, but that the transition to lyric and epic, with the introduction of dramatic moments, and dialogues, gave the poems a tragic, dramatic perception of the world with a clear lyrical colour. The ideas of asceticism, sacrifice for the humankind and the establishment of justice, love of country is defined as one of the leading characteristics of Lesia Ukrainka. It is concluded that the poet was constantly in the international sphere, as she called for justice, brotherhood, freedom – as the highest ideals of peaceful coexistence of nations.

Key words: Lyro-epos, poetry, Lesya Ukrainka, Neo-Romantic heroic poem, Neo-Romanticism, content and form, triptych