Oleksandr Ivanovych Oles (real name Oleksandr Kandyba) (Ukrainian: Олександр Іванович Олесь) (1878–1944), a well-known Ukrainian writer and poet. He is a father of another Ukrainian poet and political activist Oleh Olzhych who perished in the Nazi labor camps in 1944.
Among his poetic collections are "Z zhurboyu radist obnymalas" — With Sadness a Joy was Embracing, "Komu povim pechal moyu" — To Whom I'll Tell About My Woes, and others (nine poetry books altogether). Oleksandr Oles also created several dramatic works.
He died in emigration in Prague in 1944.
Example of his work
- The sky has embraced the sea,
- The sea has spilled into the sky…
- The whole world they have forgotten
- And have sunk in the fogs of the sky
- I have dreamed of being with you,
- Our souls are close mates.
- You are like the blue sky
- And your thoughts are like wandering clouds.