The Kobzar of the Ukraine

Taras SHEVCHENKO (1814 - 1861), translated by Alexander Jardine HUNTER (1868 - 1940)

In these poems speaks the struggling soul of a downtrodden people. To our western folk, reared in happier surroundings there is a bitter tang about some of them, somewhat like the taste of olives, to which one must grow accustomed . The Slavonic temperament, too, is given to melancholy and seems to dwell congenially in an atmosphere misty with tears. But he gravely misreads their literature who fails to perceive the grim resolve beneath the sorrow. In the struggle of the Ukrainians for freedom the spirit of this poet, who was born a serf, remains ever their guiding star. The translator of these poems spent considerable time in arriving at an understanding of the spirit of the poems and the nature of the situations described. Then the more formidable task was approached of trying to carry over not only the thought but something of the style, spirit and music of the original into the English tongue. - Summary by Introduction

Genre(s): Single author

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Ron Altman
00:07:36
Play 01 The Monk Dominique van de Vorle
00:07:30
Play 02 The Cossacks Dominique van de Vorle
00:01:54
Play 03 Hamaleia Dominique van de Vorle
00:09:01
Play 04 Kobzars Alan Mapstone
00:01:18
Play 05 The Night of Taras Garfield Dsouza
00:06:18
Play 06 The Forming of a Life Trax
00:04:55
Play 07 Naimechka; or The Servant Adrian Stephens
00:23:35
Play 08 A Father’s Legacy Garfield Dsouza
00:01:28
Play 09 Caucasus Phil Schempf
00:04:41
Play 10 To the Circassians Alan Mapstone
00:03:13
Play 11 To the Rich and Great Larry Wilson
00:01:03
Play 12 To the Master Alan Mapstone
00:01:40
Play 13 Again Addressing the Circassians Alan Mapstone
00:01:23
Play 14 To Jacques De Balmont Alan Mapstone
00:01:53
Play 15 The Meaning of Serfdom Trax
00:02:58
Play 16 To the Dead Trax
00:14:19
Play 17 Freedom and Friends Brianna Chiles
00:02:27
Play 18 A Dream Larry Wilson
00:07:30
Play 19 A Triumphal March Ken Masters
00:03:13
Play 20 The Bondwoman’s Dream Alan Mapstone
00:01:46
Play 21 To the Makers of Sentimental Idyls Ken Masters
00:04:28
Play 22 Autocrat Versus Poet Garfield Dsouza
00:02:17
Play 23 A Poem of Exile Phil Schempf
00:03:58
Play 24 Siberian Exile Garfield Dsouza
00:02:56
Play 25 Memories of Freedom Alan Mapstone
00:02:50
Play 26 Memories of Exile Stefan Von Blon
00:01:59
Play 27 Death of the Soul Larry Wilson
00:02:05
Play 28 Hymn of Exile Alan Mapstone
00:01:48
Play 29 Returning Home Garfield Dsouza
00:02:42
Play 30 On the 11th Psalm Larry Wilson
00:01:54
Play 31 Prayers Larry Wilson
00:03:01
Play 32 Mighty Wind Phil Schempf
00:02:07
Play 33 The Water Fairy Alan Mapstone
00:02:35
Play 34 Hymn of the Nuns Alan Mapstone
00:01:55
Play 35 To the Goddess of Fame Alan Mapstone
00:02:14
Play 36 Iconoclasm Alan Mapstone
00:01:24
Play 37 My Testament KevinS
00:01:35