Dmytro Pavlychko

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Dmytro Pavlychko
Дмитро Васильович Павличко
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Ambassador of Ukraine to Poland
In office
President Leonid Kuchma
Preceded by Petro Sardachuk
Succeeded by Oleksandr Nykonenko
Ambassador of Ukraine to Slovakia
In office
President Leonid Kuchma
Preceded by Petro Sardachuk
Succeeded by Yuriy Rylach
Personal details
Born (1929-09-28) September 28, 1929 (age 89)
Stanisławów Voivodeship, Poland
Nationality Ukrainian
Alma mater Lviv University
Occupation poet, translator, scriptwriter, culturologist, political and public figure, diplomat
Awards Hero of Ukraine, Shevchenko National Prize, Honorary Doctor of Lviv University, Warsaw University

Dmytro Pavlychko (Ukrainian: Павличко Дмитро Васильович; born September 28, 1929) is a Ukrainian poet, translator, scriptwriter, culturologist, political and public figure.


Dmytro Pavlychko was born on September 28, 1929 in a lumber worker family living in the village of Stopchatove near the Carpathian Mountains. Today this place is near town of Yabluniv in Kosiv Raion, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. In 1945–1946 years he spent about 12 month in Soviet prison for alleged accusations of participation in UPA activities. There he celebrated his 16th birthday. Later Andriy Malyshko teasing called Pavlychko a "Banderovite broth cook".[1]

In 1953 Pavlychko graduated from Lviv University (Department of Philology), worked in "Zhovten" (now, "Dzvin") Magazine. Coming later to Kyiv he worked in the office of the Writer's Union of Ukraine and in 1971–1978 as an editor at "Vsesvit" ("Universe") Magazine.

In his poetry works of Soviet period, first of which ("Love and hatred") was published in 1953, Pavlychko presented himself as publicist and civil activist, though constrained by that time censorship and compromising with existing rules. For that literary work he was awarded the Shevchenko National Prize in 1977.

Besides writing own verses, he translated into Ukrainian language the poems of Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca, Michelangelo, Shakespeare, José Martí, Nikola Vaptsarov etc.

Many of Pavlychko poems were used for songs,[2] most popular and famous of which is "Dva Kolyory" ("Two colours").

In late 80-s Dmytro Pavlychko was one of the founders of People's Movement of Ukraine, participated in the renewal of "Prosvita" Society as well as taking an active part in elaboration of the Act on Independence of Ukraine which was approved on August 24, 1991. In 90-s Pavlychko was the Ambassador of Ukraine to Poland and Slovakia. Pavlychko was elected to the Ukrainian parliament in 1990-1999, 2005

He is an honorary Doctor of Science of Lviv and Warsaw Universities, professor of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, the Hero of Ukraine.


Published works[edit]

  • Lyubov i nenavist ("Love and hatred"), 1953.
  • Moya zemlya ("My land"), 1953.
  • Chorna nytka ("Black thread"), 1958.
  • Pravda klyche ("Truth is calling"), 1958.
  • Granoslov, 1968.
  • Sonety podilskoy oseny ("Podillian autumn sonnets"), 1973.
  • Taemnytsya tvogo oblychchia ("Mystery of your face"), 1974, 1979.
  • Magistralyamy slova ("Through word's highways"), literary criticism, 1978.
  • Nad glybynamy ("Upon the depths"), literary criticism, 1984.
  • Spiral, 1984.
  • Poemy i pritchi ("Poems and parables"), 1986.
  • Bilya muzhniogo slova ("Next to the courageous word"), literary criticism, 1988.
  • Pokayanni psalmy ("Repentance psalms"), 1994.
  • World sonnets (translation), 1983.

His books[edit]

  • Dmytro Vasylovych Pavlychko. (2004). Ukrainska Natsionalna Ideia : Statti, Vystupy, Interv'iu, Dokumenty, Vyd-vo Solomii Pavlychko Osnovy. ISBN 978-966-500-124-9.
  • Dmytro Vasylovych Pavlychko. (2002). Naperstok : Poezii, Vyd-vo Solomii Pavlychko Osnovy. ISBN 978-966-500-227-7.
  • Dmytro Vasylovych Pavlychko. (2002). Ukrainska Natsionalna Ideia, Vydavnychyi dim KM Akademiia. ISBN 978-966-518-172-9.
  • Dmytro Vasylovych Pavlychko. (1988). Bilia Muzhnoho Svitla : Literaturno-Krytychni Statti, Spohady, Vystupy, Rad. pysmennyk. ISBN 978-5-333-00026-2.


  1. ^ Gold, M. Ukraine will not return into the Empire (Украина не вернется в империю). Jewish Panorama.
  2. ^ Call of strings on YouTube, song on poem by Dmytro Pavlychko, composed and performed by Larisa Novoseltseva

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