Amvrosii Metlynsky

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Amvrosii Metlynsky
Амвросій Метлинський
Born 1814
Sary Poltava region
Died 29 July 1870
Pen name Amvrosii Mohyla
Occupation poet, ethnographer, publisher, professor
Nationality Ukraine
Citizenship Russian Empire
Literary movement Romanticism

Amvrosii Metlynsky (Ukrainian: Амвросій Метлинський; 1814, Sary Poltava region - 29 July 1870 Yalta) was a Ukrainian poet, ethnographer, and professor, and publisher.

Metlynsky was a professor of Russian Literature at Kharkiv University from 1843–49, and again from 1854–58. From 1849–54 he was a professor at Kiev University. During the 1830s, the city of Kharkiv became the center of Ukrainian Romanticism.[1] Metlynsky and other authors such as Izmail Sreznevsky and Mykola Kostomarov published ethnographic materials, native interpretations of Ukrainian history, and collections of folk legends and Cossack chronicles.[2] In 1839, he published a collection of poetry called Dumky i pisni ta shche deshcho (Thoughts and Songs and Some Other Things) under his pseudonym Amvrosii Mohyla.[3] In 1848, he published an anthology of works by other Kharkiv poets called Iuzhnyi russkii sbornik (Southern Russian Anthology).

Metlynsky's poetry contains his nostalgia for the glories of the Ukrainian past, which he believed were destined never to return.[3] He described his poetry as "the work of the last bandurist who passes on the song of the past in a dying language".[4] He did not believe in the possibility of a renaissance of the Ukrainian people, which led him to embrace Slavic unity and to place hope in Russia.[3][5] His nostalgia prompted him to collect Ukrainian folk songs which he published in 1854. Much of this collection was previously unpublished.[3]

In his autobiography, Mykhailo Hrushevskyi mentions collections of Ukrainian folk songs published by Metlynsky as works that influenced him.[6]


  1. ^ Kravtsiv, Bohdan, Danylo Husar Struk. Romanticism. Encyclopedia of Ukraine. vol. 4, 1993.
  2. ^ Ukrainian literature. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 8 July 2009, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online:[1]
  3. ^ a b c d Metlynsky, Amvrosii. Encyclopedia of Ukraine. vol. 3, 1993.
  4. ^ Subtelny, Orest (2000). Ukraine: A History. University of Toronto Press. p. 281. ISBN 0-8020-8390-0. 
  5. ^ Petrenko, Pavlo. Kharkiv Romantic School Encyclopedia of Ukraine. vol. 2, 1989.
  6. ^ Plokhy, Serhii. Unmaking Imperial Russia: Mykhailo Hrushevsky and the Writing of Ukrainian History. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2005. pg 26