Mykhailo Semenko (2420 words)

Oleh Ilnytzkyj (University of Alberta)
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Mykhail′ Semenko (1892-1937), a prolific poet, an indefatigable organizer of avant-garde literary groups and an editor of many publications, was the founder and leader of Ukrainian Futurism, a movement he inaugurated with two publications in February and March 1914: Derzannia [Bravado] and Kvero-futuryzm [Quaero-Futurism]. The heyday of Ukrainian Futurism would come in the 1920s during the relatively liberal period of Soviet communism, when non-Russian republics like Ukraine experienced a national revival that began when the Russian Empire collapsed in 1917 and ended with the rise of Stalinism and Socialist Realism in the 1930s, when Semenko himself was executed. From then and almost to the final days of the Soviet Union,…

Citation: Ilnytzkyj, Oleh. "Mykhailo Semenko". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 May 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13621, accessed 03 July 2020.]

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