Vol. 16 (2023): XVI International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Criticism Socialist Realism in Literature and Art
Politics and Poetics of Socialist Realism

Lyrical Impulse in the Framework of Social Realist Rhetoric (According to a poem by Galaktion Tabidze)

Natia Sikharulidze
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2023-12-11


  • Galaktion Tabidze,
  • social realism,
  • ,,The Abyssinian Soldier“


The present paper discusses Galaktion Tabidze’s poem ,,The Abyssinian Soldier”. The poem for the first time is published in the 3rd volume of Eight Volume, Selected set of Works by Galaktion Tabidze published in 1940. The cited volume is thematically varied. ,,The Abyssinian Soldier” is a part of ,,Europian Cycle”. It is hard to tell exactly, but I think, that one of the handwritings show that the secret impulse of creating this poem was the tragedy of Titsian Tabidze. In the article our opinion is argued as far as possible . According to this hypothesis we can explain the strange plot of the poem.