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Taras Shevchenko: What he was? What he is? And what he will be?

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It’s been 204 years since the Great Kobzar was born. On March 9, Ukrainian society marks the anniversary of Taras Shevchenko the prominent poet and painter of the 19th century. 
The person of Taras Shevchenko has been examined, reinterpreted and re-estimated .many times since then by different biographers and historians.
His historic portrait repeatedly acquired new data, usually controversial (though Shevchenko himself was a contradictory personality), and his literature portrait was expanded with new masterpieces.
Years after, Taras Shevchenko with his legacy is an integral part of modern Ukrainian society. Many of his quotations have become traditional ones, his poems are being read over and over again, people go on looking for new hidden and direct senses in them.
That’s why today in 2018 it’s hard to say aloud that Taras Shevchenko died. He is alive. The Kobzar and his words are a part of a present-day Ukraine.
In this article, we are attempting to gather at least a part of the facts about this person in order to answer three key questions, in our opinion: What Shevchenko was[/img]

 
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Shevchenko moved to Kyiv in 1846 where he gained contact with Nikolay Kostomarov, a historian and a publicist, and gets acquainted with the members of the Brotherhood of Saints Cyril and Methodius, who were later arrested and charged with creating a political organization.
Investigators failed to prove Shevchenko’s involvement into the activity of the brotherhood, however, he was found guilty of “personal separate actions”.
At the end of 1847, a 33-year-old Shevchenko was sent for military service in Orenburg region,
He was released due to persistent soliciting of Taras’s affluential friends and came back to Saint Petersburg in 1857, hosted by the family of the Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy.
Taras Hryhotovych was keen on poetry and arts, he tried to set up his ownn family, but never succeeded in this.
He died of dropsy in St.Petersburg in 1861. Shevchenko was re-buried on May 8 on the Chernecha hora (Monk's Hill; today Taras Hill) near the Dnipro River and Kaniv, Cherkassy region, central Ukraine.
 
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Shevchenko’s portraits can be met on the streets and inside people’s homes.
Taras Shevchenko: What he was? What he is? And what he will be?

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“The Kobzar” is a set piece of many libraries both in Ukraine and abroad.
Taras Shevchenko: What he was? What he is? And what he will be?

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Shevchenko’s paintings and engravings are the less recognizable part of his legacy, but still very popular.
Taras Shevchenko: What he was? What he is? And what he will be?

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The many-sided legacy of the Great Kobzar is still interesting to explore, even 204 years after.
What will Shevchenko be[/img]
After his death, Taras Shevchenko was buried in Saint Petersburg. And only several months later he was re-buried on Chernecha Hora (or Taras Hill) near Kaniv.
Many poems of Shevchenko became songs. You remember singing "Reve Ta Stohne Dnip Shypokij" (Mighty Dnieper roars and bellows), right?
 
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