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

Ioseb Noneshvili's Odes – Genre Transformation of Praise Lyricsagainst the Background of Traditions and Socialist Realism

Tamar Barbakadze
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2023-12-11


  • Sakhotbo poems,
  • funeral ode,
  • patriotism,
  • socialist realism,
  • transformation


After the establishment of socialist realism, the lyrical genres, ode and hymn, took on a new significance: they were used to glorify the leaders of the revolution, important dates, the Communist Party, the heroes of the Soviet war and socialist labor.

Ioseb Noneshvili's odes with sincere patriotism, healthy emotional, national charge, and creative way of thinking confirm the viewpoint about the power of true talent in the conditions of ideological dictatorship, the prevailing method of socialist realism. In spite of dominated false pathos, ideological pressure, strict party censorship, I. Noneshvili's poems („There is such a country!“, „Oh, Mother – the great beginning of life!“, „Ode to the Vine (Is it vintage or your wedding?!)“ and others are still widely read in twenty-first-century Georgia.