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November 5, 2019

Yakiv Shchoholiv’s Birthday: University Celebrates


On November 5, Karazin University community celebrates the birthday of the poet, representative of Ukrainian Romanticism, Kharkiv University graduate Yakiv Shchoholiv.

He became interested in poetry when he was a pupil of the First Kharkiv Gymnasium, in 1830, and later he entered Kharkiv University. His poems were first published in 1840 in “Literaturnaiia Hazeta”, “Otechestvennyie Zapiski”, literary miscellany “Molodyk”. But after being criticized by Vissarion Bielinskyi, Yakiv Shchoholiv stopped writing.

Making acquaintance with professors Amvrosii Metlynskyi, Izmail Sreznevskyi, and Mykola Kostomarov, which took place in Kharkiv University, helped Shchoholiv to return to writing. In 1848, he graduated from the University School of History and Philology, worked at the Governor’s Office, but not for long — he decided to devote all his time to his family and poetry.

Yakiv Shchoholiv’s poems were diverse, romantic, they described Ukraine’s historical past — most of his poems are dedicated to The Zaporozhian Cossacks.

In 1883, he published the collection of poems “Vorskla”, and in 1898, the book “Slobozhanshchina” came out.

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