Vol. 14 (2020): XIV International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Studies : The Silk Road Countries` Folklore
Plenary Session

Folklore as an Intertext: Giorgi Leonidze’s „Kivchag’s Date“

Maia Jaliashvili
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2020-10-20


  • Georgian Folklore,
  • Giorgi Leonidze,
  • Kivchag's Date


In Giorgi Leonidze’s poetry there are many intertextual parallels with the samples of Georgian folklore. In this way, the poet deepened and beautified what was being said, and added the philosophical-religious or aesthetic value to the fictional text. The poem “Kivchag’s Date” is a multilayered fictional text. In it the are palimpsested the folk poem “I met Kivchaghi”. The poet used folk pattern as an intertext and created an original, energetic poem of the famous ballad, the expressiveness and inner charge of which is conveyed to the reader. Giorgi Leonidze recreated and played the folklore story in his own way