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

The Ambivalence of Giorgi Leonidze's Lyrics in Conditions of Socialist Realism and the Poet’s Unknown Impromptu

Murad Mtvarelidze
Gori State University

Published 2023-12-11


  • Leonidze,
  • ambivalency,
  • epoch,
  • exprompt,
  • social realism


In the work of Giorgi Leonidze, the great Georgian poet of the 20th century, we consider to distinguish several stages, the most difficult of which is the second half of the twenties of the last century to almost the end of the thirties. At that time, the personal feelings of the poet and their fixation are contra-dictory: this similarity - difference is multi-charactered. These poetic works paradigmatically confirm the ambivalence of the poet's spiritual attitudes.

Especially noteworthy is the poem "Night of Iveria", about which the analysis developed and estab-lished in Georgian literary studies is completely different from reality. Neither the addressee of the poem, nor its tragic fate, nor the change of the text that this work underwent in subsequent editions, which is of great importance for evaluating the mood of the poet, is indicated and taken into account.