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Taras Shevchenko. A woman in a chair. Pencil. 1846. (Тарас Шевченко. Жінка в кріслі. Олівець. 1846.)Taras Shevchenko's poem
Tsykl poeziy «V kazemati»
««Ne kydaj materi»,– kazaly...» /
««Ne kydaj materi»,– kazaly, a ty pokynula, vtekla...»
(««Не кидай матері»,– казали...» /
«Не кидай матері»,– казали, а ти покинула, втекла...)
In a prison cell, 1847.

Translated by Irina Zheleznova.



Taras Shevchenko. Self-portrait in a hat and coat. Paper, etching, 1860. (Тарас Шевченко. Автопортрет у шапці та кожусі. Папір, офорт, 1860.)Taras Shevchenko's poem
«I mertvy`m, i zhy`vy`m, i nenarozhdenny`m zemlyakam moyim…» /
           "I smerkaye, i svitaye, den` bozhyj mynaye"
(«І мертвим, і живим, і ненарожденним землякам моїм…» /
              "І смеркає, і світає, день божий минає")
Vyunishcha, December 14, 1845.

Translated by Irina Zheleznova.




Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Taras Koznarsky"“The Caucasus” is remarkably complex in its shifting rhythms and emotional registers. Moving from intimate, lyrical rumination, to grievances against divine and political authority, it employs biting political sarcasm and elevated prophetic ardor. The opening passage evokes the image of the mythical rebel Prometheus, eternally suffering at the claws of a ruler-sent eagle, yet indestructible in his vitality—a symbol of the undying pursuit of goodness, liberty, and humanity. In the sections that follow, the poet turns to the horrors of war and oppression and challenges both God and the world order. Mimicking the “superior” voice of the colonizer, Shevchenko exposes the brutality, avarice, and hypocrisy of Russian imperialism..." (Taras Koznarsky)


Taras Shevchenko. St. Sebastian. Sepia and white. 1856  (Тарас Шевченко. Св. Себастіян. Сепія, білило. 1856).Taras Shevchenko, "The Caucasus​​"
"Kavkaz" / "Za goramy` gory`, hmaroyu povy`ti...
("Кавказ" / "За горами гори, хмарою повиті...")
Pereyaslav, November 18, 1845.

Translated by Alyssa Dinega Gillespie.




Brian Buch is a composer, pianist, and teacher living in Boston. He regularly performs and collaborates with top ensembles throughout the country and his music has been performed and recognized throughout the world. Brian is on the faculty at Berklee, MIT, and NEC.«Beneath the Flames» by Brian Buch is a five movement work for chorus and orchestra based on the poetry of Taras Shevchenko and the folk music of Ukraine. Dedicated to the people and country of Ukraine, who have had to endure unimaginable hardships since the Russian invasion of their country. This is a recording of the premiere from Lviv on March 14th, 2024 by the KLK Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ferdinando Nazzaro.





Taras Shevchenko and Saint Javelin projectSaint Javelin project is a team of volunteers, fundraisers & Ukrainians living in Ukraine and abroad working together to fundraise for Ukrainian initiatives and organizations to support their work for humanitarian, first responder, medical aid and front line defender support.


Photo by Bogdan Kinvshchuk.

"sands of time run out
and yet they gather sandbags
to protect their poet:
he once shored up their language
against winds of destruction"

(Gabriel Rosenstock)




Bullets in the head. A monument to the poet Taras Shevchenko shot by occupiers in Borodyanka, Kyiv region. Kurama's poem. "Aware of a poet?
Aware of a poet?
A poet of Cossack broods over the land.
Not noting a bullet.
Not noting a bullet.
You see a poet of Cossack in Borodyanka."



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