Bohdan Ihor Antonych

Bohdan Ihor Antonych

Bohdan Ihor Antonych (1909 – 1937) took the folklore language and traditions of the Lemke region, which was part of Poland between the first and second world wars, and transplanted them into literary Ukrainian. The Lemke were a Ukrainian mountain people whose culture and traditions were rooted in crop cycles and pagan mythology and, in Antonych's work, the boundaries between the narrator, the natural world and the music of the poems become blurred within an ecstatic pagan celebration of life.

He was only 27 when he died, but he seems to have lived several lives in one lifetime, producing six collections of poetry, reams of prose, an opera libretto, a novella and an unfinished novel, as well as editing a couple of journals. His legacy deserves a new audience among readers of English language poetry.