The Ukrainian language is not only a means of communication but also a significant aspect of Ukraine’s cultural heritage that unites people, reflects our history, traditions, and uniqueness. From the establishment of Kievan Rus in the 9th century to contemporary Ukrainian society, language has always been a key factor in shaping and expressing cultural identity.
The Ukrainian language preserves the traces of pivotal points in national history. The earliest written records of the Ukrainian language bear witness to its millennia-long history and development. Ukrainian language embodies a rich spectrum of cultural expressions. Literature, poetry, music, and other artistic manifestations in the Ukrainian language contribute to the revelation of profound cultural values.
The works of eminent poets are undoubtedly correlated with the times they lived in. For instance, Taras Shevchenko opposed serfdom, social inequality, and political repression. His collection “Kobzar” contains prophetic words and valuable guidance that remain relevant to this day. Vasil Stus became a symbol of the struggle for freedom and truth for the Ukrainian people during the Soviet period.
Ukraine boasts a rich literary heritage thanks to many influential figures. Ukrainian writers made a significant contribution to preserving their native language, as many of them wrote during times when Ukrainian was forbidden.
Therefore, let us respect each of them and remember these important words…
“To fight means to live!” – Ivan Franko
“People are not just what they hear with their ears; people are what touches their souls.” – Lina Kostenko
“We are still trying to cure the atrophy of bodies, but we are indifferent to the progressing atrophy of souls.” – Vasyl Stus
“The most beautiful mother is happy, the sweetest beloved lips, the purest soul is loyal, the most complex person is simple.” – Vasyl Symonenko
“Love arises from love; when I want to be loved, I love first.” – Hryhoriy Skovoroda
“Language grows elementary, along with the soul of the people.” – Ivan Franko