Jan Čačot in Byelorussian and Polish Literature

Poet, ethnographer, translator and critic, Chachot played an important role in the cultural life of his time. As a member of the philomath literary circle and a close friend of Adam Mickievicz he was acclaimed as the principal lyrist...

...Chachot's principal attainment, however, is reflected in the ethnographic and literary work he undertook in the Belarusian sphere. As a collector of folk songs and amateur linguist he provided a valuable grounding and stimulus for later ethnographers, whilst with his own original poems and songs he contributed greatly to the development of the Belarusian literary renaissance of the 19th century...

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