Maksim Bahdanovic in Byelorussian Literature

The picture of Belarusian literature, strongly rooted in folk traditions and seeking to do no more than reflect folk-song themes and traditions, did not prevail. Partly because the very founder of the Naša Niva movement, as they became more familiar with the literary media in which they worked, began to develop and expand their range of themes, but also because there was shortly to appear on the literary scene a young poet who was to give a new and 'European' impetus to Belarusian literature - Maksim Bahdanovich