Kupała and Kołas through the Eyes of an Artist

...I would include Janka Kupala amongst the number of those poets whom it is possible to illustrate. His poetry is characterised by the concreteness of its imagery. His lyric hero is as real as life itself. He does not dissolve in a multitude of half-tones and shades. The poet fashions powerful realistic forms like a sculptor hewing his work from a block of granite. Janka Kupalaís granite is the land and life of Belarus; it is real material, the joys and sorrows of which were well known to him. Being himself an integral part of this life and a great national bard, he responds to it with particular acuteness and pain, and precisely because, in my opinion, his poetry is as concrete as pain itself...

...There exist works of literature which, regardless of when they were written and of their national and geographical provenance, carry thoughts which are always actual and alive, emotive and dear to people of all periods. It is to this category of works that in my opinion Kolas's Symon-muzyka belongs...

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