17 November – Galaktion Tabidze was born
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Galaktion Tabidze’s creative life begins in the 1910s. His first collection of poems Poems (1914) as well as his second book Cráne aux fleurs artistiques (so-called Artistuli kvavilebi [“Artistic Flowers”], 1919) made him the most acknowledged poet; he was called Galaktion the Genius and King of Poets. His poems Me da ghame (“The Night and I”), Mtatsmindis mtvare (“Moon of Mtatsminda”), Meri displayed a new poetic world for the reader, full of the splendid harmony and flexibility of the word. Galaktion Tabidze was a master of the nuances, associations, and symbols to present the finest feelings and emotions of the modern human being. In his works, the author is looking for the kindness, beauty, and harmony of the real world. Almost all of Galaktion Tabidze’s poems are distinguished by fine melody, unexplained musical sonorousness, rhythm and rich vocabulary. Tabidze wrote more than thousand poems. His works remain the insurmountable challenge for the modern Georgian poets. His poems are translated into many foreign languages. Galaktion Tabidze survived the purge in the 1930s, but his first wife and his many fellows and relatives were banished or murdered. Galaktion Tabidze came under the moral pressure during the soviet regime. Because of tragic events, he suffered with alcoholism. He was looking for solitude most of the time and because of this, his cousin, a Georgian poet Titsian Tabidze named him a Chevalier of the Order of Loneliness. Severely ill and depressed, he was eventually placed in the Tbilisi psychiatric hospital where he ended his life on March 17, 1959. Galaktion Tabidze was buried in Mtatsminda Pantheon. In 2000, the Church of Georgia forgave the sin of suicide to him.

One of Tbilisi’s streets is named after Galaktion Tabidze.

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