Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) holds a special place in Ukrainian society and culture. During the Bolshevik era, he was an official symbol of Soviet Ukraine. Today he is an official symbol of a new, independent Ukraine. Then he was presented in granite as the figure of an angry, gloomy old descendant of Haydamak. Today, a new canonical image of a prophet, a forefather.
Having huge impulses of a public-political figure, as evident by the influence of T. Shevchenko on the Cyril-Methodius, he was able to realize his immense spiritual potential through his artistic, primarily poetic creativity.
The idea of the national liberation struggle, state independence, the call for decisive action against violence by the red stripe permeates most of Shevchenko’s works. He dispelled the illusions of the serfs against a “good king,” angry Peter I, Catherine II and his contemporary, Nicholas I. From the desk of Ukrainian School, most famous is the “Testament”, where the poet calls: “… get up, tear the shackles and the enemy’s evil blood will sprinkle”.
T. Shevchenko made a huge contribution to the awakening and formation of the national consciousness of the Ukrainian people, the development of Ukraine and it’s world culture. Ideas, thoughts, and all the works of Shevchenko became the living phenomenon that continues to develop already in the consciousness of Ukrainian society. In the immortal words of Shevchenko:
“Love Ukraine, love her… in time of struggle, in the last tough moment, Pray to the Lord for her…”
In commemorating the 104th anniversary of the birth of Taras Shevchenko, KY CYM congratulates CYM Adelaide on their patron’s day as their oseredok is in name of our Ukrainian Kobzar, Taras Shevchenko.